Elliptical Machine: Console display is dim

Weak batteries, loose wires or a faulty console can cause a dim console display.<p>In an elliptical that uses batteries to power the console, replace the batteries to restore brightness to the console display. Replace the batteries during routine elliptical maintenance. If the display doesn't get brighter after replacing the batteries, you'll likely need to replace the console.

If the elliptical has a power cord, unplug the elliptical and check the power cord wiring connections to the console. Reconnect any loose wires. If the power cord is damaged, replace it.

If the power cord and its wiring connections to the console are okay, then you may need to replace the console because the display is faulty or the console isn't sending enough power to the display.

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These repairs may help solve your elliptical machine problem

Replace the elliptical console

Replace the elliptical 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.

June 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace an elliptical console

If your elliptical console won't turn on or if the console display isn't working, the console might be broken. The DIY repair guide and video show how to replace an elliptical console in 3 quick steps.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
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Perform elliptical maintenance

Perform elliptical maintenance

Inspect and tighten all parts of the elliptical regularly. Replace any worn parts immediately. Lubricate all moving parts using all-purpose grease. Replace the battery if it's weak or dead.

Symptoms for elliptical machines

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Main causes: dirty heart rate sensors, wiring failure, bad control console
Main causes: weak batteries, loose wires, faulty control console
Main causes: faulty reed switch, reed switch needs adjustment, wiring failure, bad control console
Main causes: bad resistance motor, faulty control console, wiring failure
Main causes: dead batteries, power supply failure, bad wiring connections, faulty control console
Main cause: lack of lubrication on pivot points
Main causes: loose fastening bolts, damaged handle bars
Main causes: leveling feet need to be adjusted, loose frame bolts, unstable flooring
Repair guides for elliptical machines

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your elliptical.

June 15, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace an elliptical resistance motor

If the resistance motor is not changing the resistance on your elliptical, replace it using these steps.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
June 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace an elliptical console

If the console on your elliptical doesn't work, replace it by following these 3 easy steps.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
June 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to adjust an elliptical reed switch

If the console doesn't display the correct speed on your elliptical, adjust the reed switch using these steps.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
Articles and videos for elliptical machines

Use the advice and tips in these articles and videos to get the most out of your elliptical.

May 4, 2015
Easy DIY elliptical repairs
By Sears PartsDirect staff

Learn about some easy elliptical repairs that you can do yourself.

April 27, 2015
How to get the most from an elliptical workout video
By Sears PartsDirect staff

Watch and learn how to get the maximum benefits from an elliptical trainer workout.

April 24, 2015
How to maintain an elliptical
By Sears PartsDirect staff

Discover how to keep your elliptical trainer in good shape with these easy maintenance tips.