How do I Repair a Proform 700 Elliptical?

By Dan Wiessner

The Proform 700 is a popular cross-trainer and elliptical machine. The machine is made up of a pair of pedals attached to handles that are fastened to a base unit. It comes equipped with a heart-rate monitor and several pre-programmed workout routines. If you're having problems with your Proform 700, it could be due to several simple malfunctions that can be repaired at home.

Replacing the Batteries on a Proform 700

Step 1

The motor of the Proform 700 runs on four D batteries, and checking these is a good first step in troubleshooting. Remove the battery cover, which will pop out easily.

Step 2

Remove the old batteries.

Step 3

Put in the four new batteries. There is a diagram on the back of the battery cover that shows the proper way to place the batteries.

Fixing the Console

Step 1

If the display is not working properly, or at all, and you have already replaced the batteries, there could be a problem with the console's wire harness. First, use a screwdriver to remove the four screws that hold the console in place.

Step 2

Lift up the console, which will reveal the wire harness.

Step 3

If any part of the harness is disconnected from the machine, you can fix it by finding the corresponding clip on the machine and reconnecting the harness to the clip.

Step 4

Replace the console and use the screwdriver to replace the four screws.

How to Make the Proform 700 Level

Step 1

If you are experiencing a rocking motion when using the Proform 700, it could be due to a bad alignment between the machine's two leveling feet. Locate the leveling feet on each side of the machine underneath the front stabilizer.

Step 2

Turn each of the leveling feet until the machine appears level.

Step 3

Get on the machine and see whether the rocking motion persists. If the machine is still rocking, continue turning the leveling feet until the machine is balanced.

Replacing the Belt

Step 1

If the machine's belt is torn or dirty, it could hinder the machine's functioning. First, use an Allen wrench to remove the bolts from the left and right flex bars. Slide the bars out and remove the brackets, which should fall right off.

Step 2

Using a screwdriver, remove the two screws from the pedal discs on both the left and right sides of the machines. Remove the pedal discs and side shields.

Step 3

Remove the two screws and one bolt that hold each crank arm in place. Remove the arms.

Step 4

You can now remove the original belt by pulling it toward you and working it off the pulley.

Step 5

Slide the new belt onto the pulley, and make sure the flywheel is in the same position it was when you removed the crank arms. Replace the crank arms, side shields, pedal discs and flex bars using the screws and bolts.

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About the Author

Dan Wiessner's first foray into journalism was in high school, and he hasn't stopped since. His short career has included stints at the New York State Capitol and as a contributor to hyper-local news site Patch. He also founded a small political monthly in Albany, N.Y. while attending SUNY Albany.

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