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flo's avatar

What is the part of the car that you use to turn, and what is the name of one of the legs of a car?

Asked by flo (9932points) 1 week ago

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flo's avatar

…I mean if you can only use one word for each.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

This is a steering wheel used to direct the car.

This is a wheel.

This is a tire that goes on the wheel.

Cars do not have legs.

flo's avatar

@Hawaii_Jake But what is the leg of the car, i.e. the tire+wheel called?

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

This is a control arm to which the wheel/tire combination is attached and it in turn is attached to the body of the car.

Cars do not have legs.

flo's avatar

@Hawaii_Jake But that is not the name of wheel+tire, right?

canidmajor's avatar

I have tended to refer to them as “tires”. I refer to the steering mechanism as the “wheel”. Is that what you’re asking?
If someone refers to “four wheel drive” they mean the tire/wheel combo. It’s all about context.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@flo I don’t think the wheel/tire combination has a name. They are colloquially referred to as the wheels, but technically the wheel is the steel part, and the tire is the rubber part.

flo's avatar

@Hawaii_Jake How can wheel+tire not have a name for it though? Don’t they need the correct labels for accounting purposes?

canidmajor's avatar

@flo, because the wheels and tires are actually separate items for accounting purposes.

flo's avatar

@canidmajor But for acccounting purposes they need to name wheel +tire.What label do they use?

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I’ll ask the accountants.

canidmajor's avatar

@flo, no they don’t. For example, one has to replace the tires approximately every 50,000 miles, but not the wheels, pretty much ever, unless there’s an accident. They are separate things that work together.

flo's avatar

@canidmajor But this discussion is about the name of an item, not how often the part/s of it need/s to be changed. @Hawaii_Jake will ask accountants.

canidmajor's avatar

@flo, my point is that (for accounting purposes) they are probably not called by one name.
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Hawaii_Jake's avatar

They separate the entries into the correct terminology. They call them wheels and tires, unless they’re British, in which case they’re tyres.

zenvelo's avatar

There isn’t a single name for the combo because they are maintained and replaced and inventoried separately.

canidmajor's avatar

@flo, all three of us who have answered your question have told you the same thing. Do you believe us yet?

kritiper's avatar

Wheel and wheel. (Steering wheel and tire/wheel assembly, but that takes more than one word for each.)

imrainmaker's avatar

What accounting purpose would need name for this combination? Can you please elaborate?

Patty_Melt's avatar

The only time the combination requires a specific word is when the entire assembly is referred to, and that word is car, or automobile.

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ragingloli's avatar

rim+tyre = wheel

kritiper's avatar

Everything that turns, sans the axle itself, is called the wheel assembly. It includes the tire, wheel, possibly hub cap, lug nuts, brake drum or rotor, dust cap, inboard and outboard bearings and bearing races,, bearing hub, and grease seal.

rojo's avatar

personal attack my ass

kritiper's avatar

After reconsidering, the steering wheel could just be called “wheel” and the leg would be the “suspension”, where the tire and wheel would be more associated with a shoe.

RocketGuy's avatar

Suspension…

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