Tire Repairer/Changer  What They Do

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Tire Repairers and Changers Career Video



Repairs and replaces tires.

This career is part of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics cluster Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Raises vehicles, using hydraulic jacks.
  • Remounts wheels onto vehicles.
  • Unbolts and removes wheels from vehicles, using lug wrenches or other hand or power tools.
  • Places wheels on balancing machines to determine counterweights required to balance wheels.
  • Identifies tire size and ply and inflates tires accordingly.
  • Replaces valve stems and removes puncturing objects.
  • Hammers required counterweights onto rims of wheels.
  • Reassembles tires onto wheels.
  • Seals punctures in tubeless tires by inserting adhesive material and expanding rubber plugs into punctures, using hand tools.
  • Inspects tire casings for defects, such as holes or tears.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 50 lbs., sometimes up to 100 lbs. You will need a lot of strength at this level.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation involves kneeling, crouching, stooping, and/or crawling more than one-third of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Alignment Technician --
  • Lube Technician --
  • Service Technician --
  • Tire Buster --
  • Tire Center Supervisor --
  • Tire Changer --
  • Tire Installer --
  • Tire Repairer --
  • Tire Shop Mechanic --
  • Tire Technician --