NordicTrack skiers are built to last and at one point in the 1990s, select models were sold with lifetime guarantees! Even so, all machines run smoothest when they receive regular care.
Basic maintenance should keep your machine running for many years (over 2 decades for mine!). In the event that a part eventually wears out, online third-party retailers provide NordicTrack replacement parts at an affordable price. Follow these tips to keep your machine running as smoothly as possible!
Products to Maintain NordicTrack Ski Machines
Applying paraffin wax regularly to the sides of the wooden skis can help ensure smooth gliding skis against the wood railings. Paraffin wax is widely available for purchase at online retailers including Amazon and at local hardware stores like Ace Hardware.
NOTE: Do not apply wax to the bottom of your skis!
Using a clean cloth with a small amount of mineral spirits can remove dark residue from 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 or a stiff arm exerciser, a couple of drops of 3-in-1 oil can quiet things down. 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.
NOTE: Do not use 3-in-1 oil (or any oil) on the drive rollers! Do not use spray lubricant on these areas!
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.
These household power players clean and absorb water with ease. Use them to wipe and clean the skier’s hip pad, chrome structure, and electronics.
Routine NordicTrack Ski Machine Maintenance
If you purchased a new NordicTrack, you should have received an owner’s manual with detailed instructions on how to maintain your machine. It is recommended to wipe clean the ski machines after each use. The manual provides additional step-by-step instructions for regular maintenance and provides a log sheet to keep track of the schedule.
NordicTrack maintenance instructions can be found in the owner’s manuals for items including flywheel assembly maintenance, rewinding the arm-exerciser cord, replacing the drag strap, and the items found below!
Lubricate the front and rear roller wheels with 3-in-1 oil
Every 3 months, it may help to add a drop of 3-in-1 oil on the axles of the front and rear idler wheels if they are squeaking.
Do not use spray lubricant. Do not add oil to the flywheel or drive rollers.
Lubricate the Brake Pad
The brake pad on the NordicTrack arm exercisers has been oiled at the factory, but if it becomes dry due to environmental conditions, follow the instructions in your user manual to add 3-in-1 oil where needed.
For NordicTrack ski machine repair of warranty-related issues, contact NordicTrack (or other seller) directly.