Elliptical: Pedal resistance won't change

If pedal resistance sticks on one setting, the resistance motor could be defective. Many elliptical exercisers offer workout programs that vary resistance automatically during the routine. If resistance during the uphill climbs on a pre-programmed workout feels the same as the downhill treks, try manually changing the resistance. If you can change resistance manually, then you'll need to replace the console.

Most elliptical exercisers use battery power to change resistance, so checking for DC voltage going to the resistance motor is safe and easy. If batteries power your elliptical's control system, use a multimeter to measure voltage at the resistance motor when you manually adjust resistance on the console.

Replace the console if it doesn't send voltage to the resistance motor when you manually change resistance. Replace the resistance motor if it doesn't run when getting voltage from the console.

These repairs may help solve your Elliptical problem:

Replace the resistance motor

Resistance motor

The resistance motor changes the distance of the C-magnet from the flywheel to adjust the pedal resistance. If the resistance motor doesn't move when activated, replace it.

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Replace the console

Console

The console displays the elapsed time, distance traveled, estimated calories burned, current speed and the user’s pulse. If the console doesn't light up, replace the battery. If the problem continues, replace the console assembly. The console also controls the resistance motor. Replace the console if it fails to adjust the resistance motor.

For manuals, repair guides, and specific part recommendations, enter your model number.