NordicTrack Treadmill Incline Calibration Not Working

We get into trouble when the NordicTrack treadmill incline calibration is not working well or when the NordicTrack treadmill is stuck on the incline.

When it’s a matter of burning calories fast nothing can beat the importance of incline.

The treadmill is the best fitness indoor gear which is highly equipped with modern technology.

The incline option is available in all modern treadmills. Different preloaded workout programs and the smooth running deck add value to the machine.

Running and walking on a treadmill incline option is best to reduce weight fast.

Fitness freaks love to climb inclines in daily routine workouts. But sometimes incline calibration stops working.

NO ISSUE we will provide you with enough information that you can solve this issue.

NordicTrack Treadmill Incline Calibration Failed

After frequent use of NordicTrack treadmill incline calibration sometimes get fails.

Its common and popular solution is to calibrate the incline. It is explained in 3 easy steps below.

Leave The Treadmill Unpluged

leaving the treadmill unplugged for 3-5 hours and then plugging it back in the treadmill can help Nordictrack in recalibrating it without getting failed.

Loose Tensioned Wire Under Start Switch

I just got mine fixed. Under the start button of your NordicTrack treadmill try to locate that the wire piece is in the right place, with less tension.

If the wire is tight, then loose it by snapping back can solve the calibration failed issue.

P.S: There is a possibility that the treadmill belt can somehow pull the wire while Nordictrack is at 40% incline.

Dislodged Incline Screw Can Cause The Failed Calibration

If your Nordictrack is stuck at a maximum incline, it is possible that the incline screw (with 1.5″dia with a hole in it to pass nut through it) is dislocated from the mount.

Lay your tread on its left side, Remove the incline motor from the frame, bushings, and also nut/bolts and then screw it back to the motor (it will allow the seized incline screw to rotate in the incline motor). Unmount the cover & tighten the incline motor screw.

It won’t take more than 20 minutes.

Recalibrating the Nordictrack tread after applying the aforementioned steps will fix the “Calibration Failed Error”

The calibration instructions may vary by model.

Also Check out: How to calibrate Proform treadmill stuck on incline?

Which Incline To Loose Maximum Belly Fat?

The incline calibration is used to test a complete range of Nordictrack treadmill’s incline and decline functions.

NordicTrack Treadmill Incline Calibration Not Working

The more you run on an incline the more calories you will burn. The 10% incline is great for calorie burn.

Moreover, it is available on almost every treadmill.

15% incline is greater as you climb higher your heart rate will increase. Walking on an incline burns more fats than running on a flat surface.

It will tone your body and walking uphill is a great exercise for belly fat.

Also Read: Fix Treadmill Stuck on Incline

How To Calibrate Incline NordicTrack Treadmill?

There are basically two methods to calibrate the incline of the NordicTrack treadmill.

The calibration incline option is found on the console of the machine.

  • Non-touchscreen console settings for incline
  • Touchscreen console setting for incline.

Non-Touchscreen Console Setting

When the NordicTrack treadmill incline calibration not working we need to fix it.

There are generally 2 methods for Non-touchscreen settings that will help us to calibrate the incline

Unplug the treadmill from the electrical socket before calibration the incline of your treadmill.

Then wait for 30 seconds to 1 minute before plugging again into the socket.

And turn it on again.

  • Press the Stop Button, Insert the Key
  • Press Stop and Speed Up, Insert the Key

1) Press The Stop Button, Insert The Key

  • First, remove the safety key from the console.
  • Now press and hold the stop button.
  • While you are holding a stop button, insert the safety key into the console.
  • The treadmill will now be in calibration mode.
  • Now again press the stop button and release it.
  • To begin the calibration process, press incline up or incline down.
  • During the calibration of the incline do not stand on the treadmill.
  • Now remove the safety key to exit the calibration mode.

2) Press Stop and Speed Up, Insert the Key

  • Remove the safety key from the console.
  • Now press and hold the stop and speed increase button together.
  • While you are holding a stop button, insert the safety key into the console.
  • The treadmill will now be in calibration mode.
  • Press the stop button.
  • Now press any incline button to start the calibration process.
  • For safety do not stand on the treadmill when the machine is in calibration mode.
  • Now remove the safety key to exit the calibration mode.

Point To Ponder

The treadmill will move to its highest incline level and then to its lowest decline level.

Wait for the treadmill to complete its calibration process.

When the machining process comes to a complete end and it stops moving. Now the calibration is complete you can remove safety now.

Touchscreen Console Setting

There are a few simple steps to follow if you have touchscreen consoles.

  • Press the GEAR symbol on the bottom of the screen.
  • Now press the MAINTENANCE button on the screen.
  • Now press the CALIBRATE INCLINE button that will emerge on the screen.
  • After this calibration process will start.
  • The machine will move to its highest incline then its lowest incline level.
  • So do not stand on the treadmill while the process is taking place.
  • Do not rush and wait for the machine to come to a complete stop.
  • Now successful incline calibration message will appear on the screen.
  • Finally, press the HOME button and you will return to the main screen.

Related: How to use treadmill console

Precautionary Measures

Keep the children and pets away from the treadmill when the calibration process is taking place.

To avoid injury stay away from the moving treadmill.

Always use a surge suppressor that meets the specific standards.

Read the user manual carefully if you are not a technical person.

Do not perform any activity near fireplaces.


Does walking uphill on a treadmill will reduce my lower body?

Yes, walking on an incline reduces more belly fat than walking on flat ground.

It will tone your lower body area and after a few days, you will see a visible change.

Related: Does walking on incline on treadmill burn fat?

How long does the NordicTrack treadmill last? 

Every machine’s warranty starts on the day of purchase.

Every component of the treadmill has a different warranty.

You can check the warranty by reading the owner’s manual.


While heading towards the end we have discussed all the possible ways to calibrate the incline.

Treadmills need proper dedication when we use them at home.

Calibration problem occurs in almost every treadmill. But it can be solved with little care.

You need not use any tools while performing the calibration of an incline.

Treadmills usually last for 10-12 years if you take proper care.

If NordicTrack treadmill incline calibration still not working then read the owner’s manual for further guidance.

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