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How to Remove a Treadmill Motor Cover

by
author image Janet Renee, MS, RD
Janet Renee is a clinical dietitian with a special interest in weight management, sports dietetics, medical nutrition therapy and diet trends. She earned her Master of Science in nutrition from the University of Chicago and has contributed to health and wellness magazines, including Prevention, Self, Shape and Cooking Light.
How to Remove a Treadmill Motor Cover
Maintaining a treadmill includes periodically cleaning the motor compartment. Photo Credit BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images

Dirt and dust can build up in the motor compartment of a treadmill, which can cause it to wear out sooner. In order to clean around the motor, you must remove the motor cover to gain access. The specific steps may vary slightly based on the make and model of the treadmill. Whenever you perform maintenance on a treadmill, make sure it is unplugged from its power source.

Step 1

Locate the screws holding the motor cover in place. The motor is typically located in front of the treadmill belt. Finding all the screws is often the most challenging aspect.

Step 2

Fold the treadmill into the storage position, if applicable, if you have trouble finding all the screws. This will provide a better view. If the treadmill does not fold, raise it off the ground and place it on a sturdy surface, such as a wooden box or concrete block, to facilitate access to the bottom of the machine. The screws are commonly located on the sides and front of the motor cover. On some models, screws can be found on the underside of the cover.

Step 3

Remove all the screws by using a screwdriver. Grasp the motor cover with both hands. Pull the cover toward you and pivot it as required to remove it carefully. Be aware of how the cover attaches to make it easier to put it back in place.

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