The NordicTrack Pro Skiers are built to last for decades (at one point in the 1990’s they were even sold with lifetime guarantees!), but they do run smoothest when they receive regular cleaning and maintenance. Basic maintenance should keep your machine running for many years (over 2 decades for mine!). In the event that you do have a part wear out, online retailers can usually provide the specific replacement that your ski machine needs at an affordable price.
The main components to a smooth running ski machine involve keeping the skis gliding smoothly between the wood tracks and over the rubber wheels. Follow these tips to keep the skis in top shape!
Apply paraffin wax regularly to SIDES ONLY of wooden skis to ensure smooth gliding against the wood railings. Do not apply wax to the bottom of your skis! Paraffin wax is widely available for purchase at online retailers including Amazon and at local hardware stores like Ace Hardware.
Use a small amount of Mineral Spirits with a clean cloth to remove any dark residue that accumulates on the BOTTOM OF THE SKIS. Mineral spirits are widely available for purchase at online retailers including Amazon and at hardware stores including Lowe’s, Ace, and Home Depot.
For an occasional squeaky wheel, a couple of drops of 3-in-One oil can calm things down. Oil should be applied to: the wheels that spin freely at the front and back of the skier, the leather pad that sits under the arm cord drum, and the bearing that sits on top of the arm cord drum.
NOTE: Do not use 3-in-1 oil (or any oil) on the drive rollers! 3-in-1 oil is a general-purpose lubricating oil sold for household and do-it-yourself use and is widely available for purchase at online retailers including Amazon and at local hardware stores including Lowe’s and Walmart.
To clean the flywheel, you will need a buddy to help, emery cloth, and paper towels soaked in rubbing alcohol. With someone else skiing on the NordicTrack, place an emery cloth on the flywheel to clean. Repeat for a few minutes until the flywheel is clean. Use the alcohol-soaked paper towels to remove any remaining black residue from the flywheel.
NordicTrack Electronic Monitor
A common part that ski machine enthusiasts enjoy to upgrade are the electronic monitors for their machines. These electronics evolved over the years, so even if your original monitor is still working, you may enjoy an upgrade that provides more information about your workout. Find different models available online at:
- purchase electronic monitors used from eBay
- purchase electronic monitor manuals from eBay
- purchase a speedometer head new from NordicParts
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