How to Adjust an Elliptical Reed Switch



The reed switch is attached to the frame, where it senses a magnet on the rotating pulley to detect the elliptical's speed. The reed switch transmits the speed signal to the console, which displays the speed. If the console doesn't display the correct speed, the reed switch may not be close enough to detect the magnet as it passes. Adjust the reed switch alignment following the steps in this DIY repair guide.

This repair guide covers ProForm, Weslo, NordicTrack and Image elliptical exercisers.

Repair difficulty:
Time required:

Less than 30 min.

Parts Required

  • N/A

Tools Required

  • Work gloves
  • Slot screwdriver
  • Phillip screwdriver
  • Allen wrench

Before you begin

Wear work gloves to protect your hands.


 Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs should only be performed by a qualified technician.

Step 1: Release the lower upright cover

Pry up the lower upright cover using a slot screwdriver.


Slide the lower upright cover up on the upright to release it from the side shields.

Step 2: Remove the left pedal arm

Remove the left pedal arm cover screw and pull the left pedal arm cover off.


Using an Allen wrench, remove the screw from the left crank arm by turning it clockwise because it is reverse threaded.


Pull the left pedal arm and washers off the crank arm shaft and push the pedal arm forward.

Step 3: Remove the left shield

Remove the screws from the left and right side shields.


Remove the left side shield.

Step 4: Adjust the reed switch

Loosen but don't remove the reed switch mounting screw.


Rotate the pulley to align the magnet with the reed switch.


Adjust the reed switch gap to about 1/8-inch from the pulley magnet.


Tighten the reed switch mounting screw.

Step 5: Test the reed switch

With the console off, rotate the pulley to move the magnet past the reed switch to see if the display lights up.


If the display lights up, the reed switch is properly detecting the magnet and the adjustment is complete.


Readjust the reed switch if the console does not light up.

Step 6: Reinstall the left shield

Line up the side shields.


Reinstall the shield mounting screws.

Step 7: Reinstall the left pedal arm

Push the left pedal arm over the end of the crank arm shaft.


Reinstall the D-washer on the crank arm shaft.


Slide the lock washer and flat washer on the Allen screw.


Reinstall the Allen screw into the crank arm and tighten it counterclockwise because it's reverse-threaded.


Position the pedal arm cover over the crank arm shaft.


Reinstall the pedal arm mounting screw.

Step 8: Reinstall the lower upright cover

Slide the lower upright cover down the upright and snap it over the side shields.