How-to: Loosen and Tighten the Rower's Bolts
Loosening and re-tightening the bolts on your rower is a key part of regular maintenance as the wood will naturally shift over time. If your rower has started to make noises that it has not in the past, this process will often solve the issue. In addition to the below instructions, the following video may be referenced for further guidance:
The bolts on your rower can be loosened in any order, however for best results it is recommended that you re-tighten the bolts in the following order. Note: the bolts do not need to be fully removed, only loosened approximately 2-3 rotations. All nuts and bolts will use the 5mm Allen Keys provided with your rower.
Important: The bolts connecting the mounting arm to your rower do not need to be adjusted with regular maintenance. Only adjust them when instructed to by a specific troubleshooting guide. These bolts are a different size and attempting to loosen or tighten them may cause them to become stripped.
- Begin with upper and lower tie rods. As they become loose you may hear a creaking sound due to the wood re-settling. This indicates the tie rods have been loosened enough.
- Next tighten the bolts on each side of the rower. Note: these will require the use of both Allen Keys, one to hold the JCN steady, and the other to tighten the JCB.
- The tighten the handle rest bolts, followed by the top deck JCB's.
- Lastly tighten the footboard bracket and rear spacer. Note: the footboard bracket will require the use of both 5mm Allen Keys.
Any questions, please reach out to us at support.ergatta.com with your rowers serial number.