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My elliptical is making a strange popping noise but still…

My elliptical is making...

My elliptical is making a strange popping noise but still works smoothly

Technician's Assistant: When did you first hear this sound?

About a year ago I stopped using it because the noise was so annoying

Technician's Assistant: When was the equipment last serviced?

Never

Technician's Assistant: Anything else you want the Equipment Expert to know before I connect you?

Its an old lifefitness X3, but it's been barely used

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3/24/2018
treadmilltech
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Is the sound up front or in the rear?
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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Rear
Sounds like it could be a bearing, loose bolts or the drive belt. First here is a link to purchase any parts you need.
https://www.fitnessrepairparts.com/m/equipment/Select/10215/Life-Fitness/X3-Consumer-X3-XXXX-0103Now here is how to check for a bad bearing
What you would need to do is when it is making the popping sound place a long handled screwdriver tip on a non-moving part of the bearing housing and place your ear on the back of the handle. You should be able to hear if the bearing is bad(it will be louder transmitting through the screwdriver). Naturally you will need someone to be using the unit once you get the plastic covers off.
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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Can’t get the plastic covers all the way off. I want to do the phone call (or preferably FaceTime), but that option disappeared.
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
is the best #
I'm not seeing that option either. If you go to fitnessrepairparts.com there are exploded diagrams that you can see to help you remove the covers.
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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Ok, I will try that
I do see videos on YouTube of similar models removing the shrouds as well. Maybe try there too.
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Did you have any success removing the covers?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
We did and the issue is definitely in the bearing housing, but we are stuck and can't figure out how to replace it. Looks like we'll have to call the professionals after all.
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Experience: 20+ years experience repairing exercise equipment with emphasis on Nordictrack/Proform and Horizon
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