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Tyre / Exhaust Fitter

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Tyre/Exhaust Fitter
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Last Updated: March, 2017

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Tyre/exhaust fitters replace worn and damaged tyres and exhausts. Depending on their employer, they may work only on heavy vehicles (trucks, coaches or buses) or only on light vehicles such as motorcycles, cars and vans.

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To change a tyre, fitters jack up the axle, take off the wheel using hand tools or a machine, and remove the old tyre from the wheel using hand tools or a special device. Then they fit a new tyre, inflate it to the correct air pressure and replace the wheel on the vehicle, tightening the wheel nuts with a wheel brace or air powered machine. They rotate the wheel on a balancing machine. This shows where the fitter must add lead weights to the rim to 'balance' the wheel.  
Fitters advise customers which tyres need replacing. They suggest the most suitable type of tyre and tread for their vehicle. Sometimes tyre fitters mend punctures on tyres, or replace faulty valves.  
Those fitters who work with heavy vehicles carry out regular inspections of tyres for nails, stones and cracks. They remove, inspect inside and repair them if possible, and check tyre pressure.  
To change an exhaust, fitters raise the vehicle on ramps or drive it over a pit. Next, they use power and hand tools to detach the old exhaust and to re-attach it after replacing faulty parts, or fit a complete new exhaust.  
On cars and vans, a fitter may work alone. On large vehicles, fitters usually work in teams of two or more people.  
Those working for larger tyre/exhaust companies are often trained to deal with other tasks such as repairing suspension, steering or brakes. They may also be required to carry out pre-NCT test checks.  
Fitters wear overalls or boiler suits and use hand barrier cream to protect against dirt, oil and grease. Garages and workshops are large covered spaces that can be cold in winter and hot in summer. There may be a lot of vehicle exhaust fumes.

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You must have good practical skills and a high level of technical knowledge. You need to be physically fit to cope with bending, lifting and stretching.  
You must have good communication skills; you will need to explain faults and repairs clearly to customers. Good number skills may be needed to handle cash and credit card payments. You must be able to work as part of a team. You should have good customer service skills.  
Some employers required applicants to have a full clean driving licence, or the willingness to learn to drive. You would need to be aware of current legal and safety regulations.

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