Abbreviations Worth Remembering

In the tire industry, there are certain abbreviations that are used frequently and often those of us in the business forget that not everyone we talk to knows what all of the jargon means.

For example O.E. stands for Original Equipment and Ser. Des. means service description.

Other abbreviations associated with tires include:
The list can go on on from here, but these are some of the more common abbreviations used in the tire industry.
Here's more technical information on tires.


Thursday, July 19, 2012 by Janes Wille

What does the abbrevation that has a number 180-500 followed by the letters AA,AB or BB stand for and what is good or bad?
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 by Ellen

Is there a standard 2 or 3 letter abbreviation for tire placement on a vehicle? LF = left front, etc. If so, what are the abbreviations? And how are tires on dual-wheeled vehs indicated? Thank you.
Monday, February 23, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Ellen, There are no such indicators that will pinpoint vehicle position, however directional tires will have an arrow explaining how the tire is to be mounted. Similarly, assymetric tires will have their outside and inside edges clearly marked.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017 by mark

can you please tell me what the proper tire initials on a dvir form and what they stand for as in LF left front and so on for a truck and trailer?
Tuesday, January 2, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Mark: We're sorry. We do not carry tractor trailer tires or handle dvir forms to be able to tell you for sure.

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