Elliptical Machine: 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.

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These repairs may help solve your elliptical machine problem

Replace the elliptical resistance motor

Replace the elliptical 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.

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

If pedaling your elliptical feels the same at every resistance setting, the resistance motor could be the problem. This repair guide and video show how to replace an elliptical resistance motor in 30 minutes or less.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
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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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Symptoms for elliptical machines

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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.