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Tire Terminology:

A B C D E F G H I K L M N O P R S T U V W Z

   
Waddle Side-to-side movement of a vehicle at low speeds; caused by a bent wheel or axle or by a tire with high lateral force variation.
Wander The tendency of a vehicle to veer or drift to either side from a straight path.
WAV 6 Firestone's exclusive noise treatment.
Wheel Bearing Most commonly, a tapered roller bearing consisting of tapered rollers, matching races and a cage. Mounted on a hub, they permit the spindle to rotate freely with minimum friction.
Wheel Weights Weights that are either clipped, taped, or self-adhered to the inside or outside of the wheel in order to balance the tire/wheel assembly.
Wheelbase The distance between the center of the front wheels and the center of the rear wheels.
Wide Oval Tire One which has an aspect ratio lower than 75. The Wide Oval design has several advantages other than striking appearance, such as greater handling stability.
Wires High tensile, brass plated steel wires, coated with a special adhesion-promoting compound, that are used as tire reinforcement. Belts of radial tires and beads are two common uses.
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Z-Rated A speed category for a vehicle of a top speed of more than 149 mph.
Zero Offset A condition where the centerline of the wheel coincides exactly with the mounting face.
Zero Toe A condition in which two tires on the same axle are exactly parallel.
 

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