How to Replace an Elliptical Resistance Motor



This DIY repair guide explains how to replace the resistance motor on an elliptical. The resistance motor controls pedal resistance by changing the distance between the C-magnet and the flywheel. If the resistance motor stops working, pedal resistance is the same regardless of the settings you select. Replace the resistance motor with the manufacturer-approved replacement part.

Follow these steps to replace the resistance motor in Weslo, ProForm, Lifestyler, NordicTrack and Image elliptical exercisers.

Repair difficulty:
Time required:

Less than 30 min.

Part Required

  • Resistance Motor
  • Cable tie

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

Tools Required

  • Work gloves
  • Slot screwdriver
  • Phillip screwdriver
  • Wire cutter
  • Wrench set
  • 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 all the screws from the left and right side shields.


Remove the left shield.

Step 4: Release the resistance motor

Loosen but don't remove the top 2 resistance motor mounting screws.


Remove the bottom 2 resistance motor mounting screws and slide the resistance motor down and off.

Step 5: Disconnect the cable

Release the cable lock nut.


Release the cable from the frame bracket.


Release the cable from the motor housing.


Remove the cable from the motor pulley.

Step 6: Remove the resistance motor

Using a wire cutter, cut the wire harness retainer on the elliptical base to release the motor wires.


Disconnect the wire harness from the motor.


Remove the resistance motor.

Step 7: Install the new resistance motor

Plug the wire harness into the new motor.


Use a cable tie to strap the wire harness to the elliptical frame.


Reinstall the cable on the motor pulley.


Slide the cable into the slot on the motor housing.


Slide the cable into the frame bracket slot.


Reinstall the cable lock nut.


Position the motor under the top 2 mounting screws and reinstall the bottom mounting screws.


Tighten the mounting screws.

Step 8: Reinstall the left shield

Line up the side shields.


Reinstall the shield mounting screws.

Step 9: 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 10: Reinstall the lower upright cover

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

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