Tired of the Treadmill Squeaking? Here’s How to Fix It!

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Written By Kathy Brewer

I am a certified personal trainer, and I take pride in helping people achieve their fitness goals through strength training, cardio, and nutrition. 





I’m sure many of you have experienced the frustration of trying to get a good workout in, only to be interrupted by a loud, annoying squeaking noise coming from our treadmill.

As someone who has dealt with this issue before, I know firsthand how distracting and disruptive it can be during your workout. It feels like not wanting to work out on that treadmill again. But why waste more money on another when you can fix the treadmill squeaking?

Yes, you heard it right!

It is actually quite easy to fix the treadmill squeaking when you are using it. First, try troubleshooting the causes which are making these noises then it would be a piece of cake to eliminate these problems.

The treadmill squeaking noises can be caused by a lack of lubrication, worn deck cushions, loose step saddle, loose anchors or flange washers, rubbing plastic pieces, or worn-out belts.

But fear not, because I’m here to share some tips and tricks that I’ve learned for dealing with a squeaky treadmill. So if you’re tired of being driven crazy by that pesky noise, keep reading for some helpful advice.

Why Does A Treadmill Squeak?

You must be tired of the squeaking noises coming from your treadmill while you are using it. I know how it feels if you are disturbed in your workout, as these noises can be loud and weird.

I won’t recommend you invest in a new one when you can fix your treadmill for very less money or might not even need money.

First, knowing the causes is important, and then we will be able to fix the problems easily. If you won’t identify the causes it will take you days to fix your problem.

Here are some of the causes of why your treadmill might be squeaking:

1. Lack of Lubrication

One of the most common causes of treadmill squeaking is a lack of lubrication. Over time, the metal parts of the treadmill can rub against each other, causing friction and noise.

This can happen at various pivot points on the treadmill, such as the incline hinge, the deck pivot, and the motor bracket.

treadmill Lubrication

Due to the additional effort required to rotate the belt as a result of the higher friction, the drive motor may burn out. Therefore, a lack of lubrication results in excessive friction between the treadmill’s belt and other parts, which makes the treadmill squeak.

2. Worn Deck Cushions

Another potential cause of treadmill squeaking is worn deck cushions, which are the buffer between the deck and the frame.

If the deck cushion is slightly loose, it may rub against the bottom side of the deck, causing noise. The deck may become rigid and make a squeaky sound if the deck cushioning is worn out.

3. Loose Step Saddle

Another possible cause of a squeaking treadmill is a loose step saddle. The stepped saddle is the piece that holds the front of the deck in place, and if it becomes loose, it can cause the deck to rub against the frame and create a squeaking noise.

To check if this is the issue, remove the step saddle and bounce on the deck.

4. Loose Anchors or Flange Washers

Loose anchors or flange washers that hold the step saddle down can also cause a squeaking noise. This is a common issue with any treadmill, and checking the anchors should be one of the first steps in troubleshooting a squeaky treadmill.

5. Rubbing Plastic Pieces

The plastic components holding the step saddle in place occasionally have a tendency to scrape against one another and squeak. Remove the end cap and look at the joint where the step saddle meets the end cap to see if that is the problem.

If there is not enough space between the step saddle and the end cap, the plastic parts should be adjusted to prevent friction.

6. Worn Out Belt

One of the most common causes of treadmill squeaking can be a worn-out belt.

treadmill Worn Out Belt

If the belt is old or has been used frequently, it can start to wear down and become misaligned, causing it to rub against the sides of the treadmill and create noise. You will have to fix this issue before getting on a treadmill as it can be dangerous for your safety.

Note: If you still can’t find the real cause of your treadmill squeaking, then I would suggest you check your motor as it can sometimes get dirty with dirt or debris which can cause it to make weird noises.

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How To Fix a Squeaking Treadmill?

Now, if you know about the specific cause of why your treadmill is squeaking you can then easily fix your treadmill. You won’t spend more money on buying another one when you can easily fix the one you have.

No one would want to work out with weird and loud noises on a treadmill. That is why, I will help you fix a squeaking treadmill concerning each of the causes I mentioned above:

1. Lubricate the pivot points

As you know, any machine can get sticky or noisy if it is not properly lubricated. You need to apply a lubricant to the pivot points of the treadmill.

You can use a silicone-based lubricant to lubricate the pivot points. You can apply the lubricant using a spray bottle or a cloth. It is recommended to apply the lubricant every 6 months or after 150 hours of use.

2. Check and tighten the anchors and flange washers

You must tighten the screws holding any flange washers or anchors in place to fix them if they are loose. To tighten the screws, use pliers or a tool. It could be necessary to replace the screws if they are stripped or broken.

Checking the anchors should be one of the first steps in troubleshooting a noisy treadmill because this is a regular problem with any treadmill.

3. Replace worn deck cushions

You must replace the worn-out deck cushions in order to fix the issue. You can get new deck cushions from the treadmill’s maker or from a retailer of exercise gear.

Depending on the treadmill model, the process may vary, but you can usually remove the old cushions and replace them with new ones.

4. Tighten the step saddle

To make a loose step saddle secure, you must tighten the screws holding it in place. Employing pliers or a tool, tighten the screws. In the event that the screws are stripped or damaged, replacement may be required.

5. Inspect and adjust the plastic pieces

Finding the plastic pieces between a treadmill’s numerous parts can be a little challenging. To solve this issue, you must first locate the source of the squeak by carefully inspecting all of the plastic parts to see if any are loose or rubbing against one another.

Any loose parts should be adjusted or tightened to prevent rubbing. It could be necessary to replace the plastic components if they are broken or worn out.

6. Replace the worn-out belt

It is crucial to follow the right procedures while replacing a treadmill belt to make sure it is put in correctly and won’t create any problems. After the new belt has been measured, place it on the treadmill’s deck and check to see that it is straight and centered.

The belt should then be wrapped around the machine’s front and back rollers, sitting evenly and firmly in place. It is essential to confirm that the belt is the real culprit behind the squeaking before replacing it.

Note: If the dirty motor is the cause of your treadmill squeaking, I would recommend you clean it with care and lubricate it as well to fix the issue.

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How do I stop my treadmill from squeaking?

There are several steps you can take to stop your treadmill from squeaking. One of the ways is lubricating the pivot points, checking and tightening the anchors and flange washers, and replacing worn deck cushions. You can also tighten the step saddle, inspect and adjust plastic pieces, or replace the worn-out belt are ways you can fix the treadmill squeaking. There might be some other causes of your treadmill's squeaking, for example, a dirty motor. You will have to clean it to fix this problem. Using a treadmill noise reduction mat or placing carpet underneath the treadmill can also help reduce its loudness.

Why is my treadmill making a squeaking sound?

Your treadmill may be making a squeaking sound due to many reasons. One potential cause is a lack of lubrication, which can lead to friction and noise. Worn deck cushions, loose step saddles or loose anchors, or flange washers are some of the potential issues that can make a treadmill squeak. Rubbing plastic pieces, and a worn-out belt are also common causes of treadmill squeaking. There can also be a problem with the motor as it can get dirty sometimes which can make it cause some weird and loud noises.

Why is my treadmill making noise when I walk on it?

There are several causes for a treadmill to create noise when in use. An improperly lubricated belt is one of the most frequent causes of unpleasant noises from a treadmill, while worn deck cushions can also produce squeaking. Noise can also be caused by loose parts, poor assembly, and a worn motor belt. There can also be a problem with the motor being dirty. To choose the best solution, it is crucial to identify the noise's main cause.

How do I know if my treadmill needs lubricant?

If you're wondering if your treadmill needs lubricant, there are a few signs to look out for. One is an unusual noise coming from the machine, which could indicate that the lubricant is wearing out. Another is difficulty adjusting the incline, which may also be accompanied by unusual noises. Additionally, friction or resistance when using the controls can be a sign that certain parts of the machine's mechanisms and joints are not working properly due to a lack of lubrication. To keep your treadmill functioning properly for an extended period, it's important to perform regular maintenance and address any signs of wear and tear as soon as possible.


If you are experiencing a squeaking noise on your treadmill, it is important to determine the source of the noise before attempting to fix it. If you don’t know the cause of the noise, you won’t be able to fix it and instead increase the issues within your treadmill.

So, the first step is to determine if the squeak is coming from the treadmill when it is running or when it is not running. If the squeak is heard when the treadmill is running, it is likely due to loose anchors holding the step saddle down. If the noise is heard when bouncing on the deck, it is likely due to loose deck cushions.

From lubrication to replacing the worn-out belt, you can easily fix a treadmill squeaking noise if you know the exact cause. I would recommend you to take help from a professional if you don’t have the know-how of the treadmill working system.

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