Tire and Lube Work

I've mostly worked only on the top part of cars since I've been working on them. I'm familiar with alternators, serp belts, thermostats, water pumps, radiators, head gaskets and so on. I don't know everything about them, but I've done work in those areas on a few of my Chevys. The Sonic is going to be a wild experience for me when I finally dig into it because GM didn't engineer it like the other ones (1998 Camaro, 2005 Monte Carlo). 

Anyway, going underneath cars to do oil changes and working with tires are both foreign and new tasks to me. Many people viewed those tasks as the easiest tasks one can do, but they were challenging for me because I'd never messed around underneath the car too much. Recently, I've had the pleasure of learning how to do that kind of work. I like it, but the labor is highly physical. It's a bit like working out at the gym, but for an entire shift. I work muscles that I haven't worked in years. Getting used to that was the hardest part of the job. I was tired as heck my first week, and I  hurt. I can feel myself getting stronger already, though. 

People think oil and tire changes are easy, but they're not always as such. Sometimes, the manufacturer puts the oil filter in a place that only an acrobatic genius can get to. That adds a lot of time to the job. Sometimes, the previous shop over-torques the drain plug, and the current tech must struggle to get it off without breaking or stripping it. 

Tire work is pretty physical too, and it's not a five-minute procedure. First, the person has to separate the old tire from the rim. Then the individual has to put the new tire on the rim. Then there's the balancing procedure, remounting, etc. That doesn't even include the time it takes to find the new tires, perform courtesy tasks, and enter various information into the computer system. Additionally, all that work requires the person to lift, carry, and handle tires while they are seated on heavy rims. 

Both jobs can be equally demanding on the body. As far as time goes, people just don't understand what's involved until they have to do it. I used to wonder what took so long when techs had to change my tires and so forth. Now I know. Even the fastest and most experienced person can take a while if a problem arises. 

I enjoy the work very much, though. The day goes by fast, and I'm in my own little world. I work with a very supportive team, and I have awesome supervisors. I'm getting stronger every day.  I'll probably be pretty muscular in about 30 days or so, lol.

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