No Resistance Troubleshooting for Nautilus SC916 Stepper

Nautilus SC916 Stepper No Resistance Troubleshooting

A common misconception about battery-powered units is that it only requires you to step on the pedals to power the console; when in fact the speed sensor plays a major role in powering the console.

If you step on the pedals of your Nautilus SC916 and they fall to the floor due to the console not powering up, resulting in no resistance; you should check the speed sensor and the battery.

The following process will help you troubleshoot No Resistance on your Nautilus SC916.


Tools Needed:

  • Voltmeter
  • 7/16" Wrench


  1. Test the battery voltage. (Click here for info about how to test a battery.)
    1. Set your voltmeter to read DC voltage (if your meter has ranges, use a range appropriate for the 6-volt battery being tested).
      1. Place your voltmeter leads to the battery terminals and have an assistant step on the pedals.
        1. The reading should be above 6 VDC. (If your reading is negative, reverse your meter leads)
          1. If the battery voltage is below 6 VDC, the battery should be recharged or replaced.
  2. The speed sensor is mounted to the alternator and reads the speed sensor disc when the unit is pedaled producing an AC voltage.
    1. The voltage from the speed sensor can be tested at the connection of the speed sensor to the lower control board.
    2. The connection is a red and black wire.
    3. Using AC setting on your voltmeter at its lowest range, place the red lead to the red wire and the black lead to the black wire.
      1. Make sure the leads of the voltmeter are making a good connection.
      2. Now step on the unit and verify the voltage from the speed sensor.
        1. A good speed sensor will produce about 3 VAC before the console powers up.
    4. If the voltage is not correct, inspect the adjustment of the speed sensor.
      1. It may be necessary to adjust the sensor closer to the speed sensor disc.
        1. The proper gap between the speed sensor to the disc is about the thickness of a business card.
      2. Retest unit after making speed sensor adjustment.
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