How To Reset Precor Elliptical

You have purchased your Precor elliptical second hand and you want to return your machine to its original factory settings, which is the ideal thing to do.

You may also want to reset your Precor elliptical if you’re selling, giving it away, or simply because the elliptical incline ramp stops functioning properly as it is the case with most cross trainers. 

Today’s article covers everything you need to know about how to reset your Precor elliptical in 3 steps.

Without further ado, let’s get right into it!

What causes a Precor elliptical to need a reset?

precor elliptical machine picture from my home gym

Precor makes many great fitness machines, including treadmills, exercise bikes and ellipticals.

A Precor elliptical would need a reset for any number of reasons. To increase the difficulty of your workout you can increase the incline ramp, sometimes this functionality might stop working properly. In this instance it will require a reset.

Another reason for wanting to reset your Precor machine is if the console starts acting up and not working accordingly.

The final case would be if you have purchased your Precor elliptical second hand or you are about to sell it and you want to delete the machine workout history and reset it to its original calibration.

Precor resetting process can take anywhere from 5 minutes up to an hour depending on the model and how many programs you have saved. 

You’ll only need 30 seconds of that time if you don’t have any saved programs. 

3 Easy Steps To Reset Your Precor Elliptical 

The process to reset your Precor elliptical is the same for every model.

To start the reset process, turn off the Precor elliptical, and unplug it from the power outlet. 

In order to initiate the recalibration process you need to use a button combination on the console. 

Depending on the model of your NordicTrack elliptical, the button combination may vary.

a female athlete training on precor elliptical machine

But here is the most common button combination between Precor ellipticals:

Step #1

If your elliptical has a start button, hold down the start button and the heart rate increase button at the same time for five seconds. 

However, if your Precor model doesn’t have a start button, hold down the “Program Select” and Resistance “1” button simultaneously for five seconds.

Disregard any numbers that may show on the display.

Step #2 

Press either the “Start” or “Program Select” button again(depending on your machine). Disregard any combination of letters and numbers that appear.

Step #3 

Press the 30 degree ramp button. If this is done correctly the ramp will start to move up and down which is a sign that the ramp is recalibrating.

Plug back and turn on Precor elliptical, you’ll now be back to using the machine with brand new default settings.


Resetting an elliptical machine should be done every time you want to start using it again with brand new default settings.

When you reset your Precor elliptical, you will be returning the machine to its original factory settings. 

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