In this modern busy and smart lifestyle, everyone seeks the thing that may help him in multiple ways. Who doesn’t want more results from the least effort? The flat treadmill seems nice and okay for your exercise at home. However, you can’t avail multiple benefits like the incline treadmill. The incline treadmill is an innovation in the fitness industry. If you are fond of hill climbing or running on a rugged road, you will love the NordicTrack incline treadmill. The smarter the equipment, the more complexities it will bring. You will often find NordicTrack Incline not working and sticks in the same position. In this guide, we will show you how to fix the treadmill incline.
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Why is the treadmill incline not working?
Treadmill inclines are meant to move up or down to set the angel. Problems occur whenever you can not move the incline and it is stuck. There are not so many reasons behind the incline not working. Error display and calibration mode malfunction sometimes cause the problem.
The incline needs proper calibration from time to time. Incline recalibration is a kind of test to verify the full range of the incline. The NordicTrack incline treadmill has a larger motor for the running belt and a smaller motor to adjust the deck. The incline motor works to raise and lower the deck. When the incline motor fails to work the total incline system stops.
Unlike other regular and commercial treadmills, the NordicTrack incline treadmill has a larger motor for the running belt and a smaller motor to adjust the deck. The incline motor works to raise and lower the deck. When the incline motor fails to work the total incline system stops.
How to fix the treadmill incline not working?
When your NordicTrack treadmill incline system fails to work you have two options to put into as a solving method. Either, calibrating the incline system or changing the incline motor will bring the incline system into work.
Incline System Calibration
This is the first option to put the incline system into work again.
Method 1: Press the Stop and Speed Up Button
To calibrate the incline press and hold the STOP and SPEED+ buttons. While holding the buttons, insert the safety key. Now the calibration mode is on. Press the Stop button just for one time. And to begin the calibration, press any of the incline buttons, and the calibration will start. There is a very important thing to keep in mind here. Do not stand on the deck while the calibration is going on. Now the incline will reach the highest position and then in the lowest decline position. You have to wait as it will take a few minutes to complete. After the machine stops, put out the safety key.
Method 2: Press the STOP button and insert the key
You can just press the STOP button and insert the safety key while holding the button. Then press the STOP button once. To start the calibration, either press the incline up or incline down button. The calibration will start. And wait for the engine to stop moving. Then remove the safety key from the console.
If the incline moves but just a little bit, then the calibration system is not operating normally. Check the wiring from the incline sensor. If the power board shows the wiring normal then put it back in calibration. Now, you should see a ‘- -‘ blinking symbol while calibrating. If you don’t find any symbol like this, then the incline sensor is bad and you have to fix or change the sensor.
Fixing the Motor Problem
Method 1: Unjam the gearbox on motor
To check and inspect the motor problem, make sure you have tried calibrating the incline. During the calibration, if the incline moves just a little bit, most probably, the gearbox on the motor is jammed. First, fix the jammed gearbox, unplug the treadmill, remove the incline motor from the treadmill, and reconnect the wiring from the gearbox. Now try to run the incline motor outside the treadmill. In most cases, this procedure fixes the problem by unjamming the motor. Now reinstall the incline motor inside the treadmill and try to run it. If the incline motor doesn’t work outside the machine, you have to replace the motor then.
Method 2: Check the Motor voltage
When you try to calibrate the incline system and the incline doesn’t move at all, maybe it’s the motor voltage causing the problem. The incline motor will not work without the proper amount of voltage passing through the motor. Use a multimeter and set it to AC Volt to measure the voltage. While calibrating the system the deck will move up or down at a time. Now measure through the white and black wires and then through the white and red wires. You will read 120 VAC if the motor is getting voltage. If you find the motor having a voltage but doesn’t work, you might need to replace the motor. Here is a video explaining how you can replace an incline motor.
Method 3: Change the Power Board
Your NordicTrack Treadmill incline system won’t work until the motor is functioning properly. If the incline motor doesn’t move and there is no voltage present during the voltage test, there is a problem with the power board. It is an electronic board that supplies the power to the motor. If the console is powering the drive motor, then it is getting the incline signal. In this scenario, the power board needs to be replaced. Few models of NordicTrack have a single Powerboard. You have to change the whole power board then. Rarely, the console may not be giving the proper signal. In that case, you have to fix the console first.
Fixing the NordicTrack treadmill incline not working may give you a rough day. The smooth incline system depends on a healthy incline motor. Whether the motor needs to be fixed by replacing the power board or the motor itself, do it properly and with caution. Calibrate the incline system to ensure the proper maintenance of a NordicTrack Treadmill.