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Lateral Acceleration
Sideways acceleration created when a car corners. As a result of this lateral acceleration, centrifugal force acts on the car and tried to pull it outward. To counteract this outward force the tires develop an equal and opposite force acting against the road.

Leading Arm
Independent suspension system having the wheel attached to the end of an arm that swings in a plane parallel to the longitudinal axis of the car. The wheel is ahead of or leads the fixed pivot point of the arm.


Limited-Slip Differential
One using cone or disc clutches to lock the two independent axle shafts together forcing both wheels to transmit their respective drive torque regardless of the traction available.


Lug Nut

The nuts used to secure the wheels to the car.

Lease Term
This is the duration of the lease. 24 and 36 month leases are the most common but you can lease a vehicle for 12, 48, or even 60 months if you choose. Remember that your monthly payment will change depending on the length of the lease.

Lessee
The individual or party signing the lease contract and taking responsibility for the vehicle and lease payments.

Lessor
The individual, dealer, business, manufacturer, or financial institution that owns the vehicle.

Lobe
An off-center or eccentric enlargement on a shaft which converts rotary motion to reciprocating.

LTD
An abbreviation for Limited

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