Patents Represented by Attorney Clifford L. Sadler
  • Patent number: 5384707
    Abstract: A diagnostic method for an internal combustion engine determines airflow using three independent airflow determinations. The three airflow determinations are compared to each other and an error is established if one airflow determination differs significantly from at least one other airflow determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1995
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: James M. Kerns, Michael J. Cullen, Michael S. Sweppy
  • Patent number: 5332961
    Abstract: An on-board oil quality sensor for use in an internal combustion engine formed of a pair of resisitve elements mounted on a common substrate, wherein one of the resistive elements is exposed to the oil for corrosion as the oil contaminants increase and the other resistive element is protectively sealed from the oil contaminants. Both resistive elements are exposed to the oil temperature and are suitable for monitoring by a bridge type circuit to determine the level of corrosive contaminants in the oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1994
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventor: Robert H. Hammerle
  • Patent number: 5307991
    Abstract: A fuel injector for an internal combustion engine includes a preassembled permanently mated needle and valve body group contained in a main housing assembly. The valve body group is assembled so that the maximum allowable stroke of the needle is established by a stop abutment, which is permanently attached to the valve body. An injector assembled according to the present method does not require the use of various shims in order to set the air gap. Moreover, precision grinding is not needed to establish the needle lift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1994
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Scott A. Hanson, James L. Creehan, John C. Hickey
  • Patent number: 5282637
    Abstract: An improved mounting arrangement for an automotive vehicle cross car beam provides a connector arranged on each end of the beam configured to wedgingly engage reciever slides formed in the front pillars of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1994
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventor: David A. McCreadie
  • Patent number: 5267466
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for calibrating a suspension control module of a vehicle to within a preselected tolerance of a predetermined ride height, the vehicle having at least one adjustable suspension unit interposed between the sprung and unsprung vehicle mass. The apparatus includes a first device for measuring a first distance corresponding to an actual ride height of a vehicle and for generating a first signal representative thereof and a second device for measuring a second distance between the vehicle sprung and unsprung mass and for generating a second signal representative thereof. The apparatus also includes a processor operatively associated with the first and second measuring devices for comparing the first and second signals and calculating a deviation between the signals, the processor being operative to generate a third signal corresponding to the deviation and store this deviation in the suspension control module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1993
    Assignee: Ford Motor Co.
    Inventor: Peter T. Morris
  • Patent number: 5265484
    Abstract: An elongate bracket for temporarily fixing a sensor in a predetermined position is disclosed wherein the sensor includes a first member telescopically slidable within a second member. The bracket includes a projecting member at one end of the bracket which fits into an aperture in the first member and a tab at the opposite end of the bracket which contacts the second member of the sensor. The bracket includes a mechanism responsive to a beam stress imposed upon the bracket when the bracket is fixed to the sensor so that upon either an extension or retraction of the first member relative to the second member, the beam stress causes the bracket to be forced away from the sensor to permit relative movement between the first and second members of the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1993
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventor: Albert B. Babbitt, II
  • Patent number: 5264661
    Abstract: A hermetically sealed automotive module is disclosed wherein a cover of the module is sealed to a housing of the module by vibration welding. A weld contact surface is defined between the cover and housing of the module when the cover and housing undergo relative reciprocating motion under the application of a force. A method for hermetically sealing a module is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1993
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventor: Michael J. Luettgen
  • Patent number: 5257454
    Abstract: A heat exchanger for an automotive vehicle includes a frame having a pair of headers and a pair of side supports disposed between the headers at opposite ends thereof. Each of the side supports includes a generally planar base and a pair of flanges extending from the based portion. The side supports include a thermal stress relieving zone defined by an elliptical aperture disposed in the based portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1993
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Darryl L. Young, Josef Hirmann, Eugene E. Rhodes, David L. Brightwell
  • Patent number: 5250169
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for sensing hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide in a measurement gas, e.g., the exhaust gas from an automobile engine. A solid state electrochemical oxygen pumping cell adds oxygen into the apparatus which contains a solid state combustibles sensor for sensing the hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide. The oxygen may be obtained from ambient air or by dissociation of gasses like water present in the measurement gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1993
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Eleftherios M. Logothetis, Richard E. Soltis
  • Patent number: 5243324
    Abstract: A method for detecting a fault in an automotive system is disclosed, the method including the steps of energizing the system, monitoring the power supply value of the vehicle power supply during a predetermined interval; detecting an inability of the system to be placed into a desired operating state and generating a fault signal in response thereto; and recording each occurrence of a fault signal only when the power supply value is within predetermined limits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1993
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventor: Gregory D. Bober
  • Patent number: 5242144
    Abstract: A seat support assembly includes a double latch assembly for the seat that ensures that one side latches without regard to the condition of the other side where both are operated by a U-shaped lift bar actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1993
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Mitchell N. Williams, Donald R. Brasie, Finney J. Allen, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5221021
    Abstract: A fuel tank assembly comprising first and second fuel tank walls comprising a reservoir therebetween. The reservoir has a resilient portion which biases the reservoir in place against the first and second fuel tank walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1993
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventor: Anthony J. Danna
  • Patent number: 5207957
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an article having a substructure with a wall having first and second wall surfaces and a molded layer along the first wall surface. The substructure is supported in a tool having first and second die surfaces on either side of the wall. The first die surface is spaced apart from the first wall surface and the second die surface is spaced apart from the second wall surface. A moldable material is injected between the first die surface and the first wall surface under conditions causing said material to exert a force on the wall. The second wall surface is contacted with a fluid under sufficient pressure to create a force on the wall that offsets the force exerted by the material whereby the wall is supported against deformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1993
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Gerald A. Heath, Richard L. Hamilton, Steven D. McCarthy
  • Patent number: 5205046
    Abstract: A method an apparatus for simply and inexpensively objectively measuring the waviness of a panel such as an automotive sheet metal panel utilizes a digital flushness gauge mounted on a fixture to slide in planar fashion over a surface. Depth readings are taken at regular increments along a scaled axis, and the absolute value of differences between succeeding readings is computed to yield an indication of the degree of waviness resulting from the total slope change over the length through which readings are taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1993
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Andrew J. Barnett, Hector J. Ramirez
  • Patent number: 5197775
    Abstract: A glove compartment includes an upper lid and a lower door operatively connected to open both the lid and the door in response to the opening of the lower door to reduce the package space necessarily provided in a vehicle for a glove compartment closure. A lost motion connection is provided in a linkage operatively disposed between the lid and the door to permit opening movement of the door without corresponding movement of the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1993
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventor: Francis G. Reeber
  • Patent number: 5194642
    Abstract: A titanium tetrahalide is reacted with a primary alkyl or aryl amine to prepare a metallo-organic precursor, which thereafter may be volatilized to form a gaseous chemical vapor deposition precursor to titanium nitride, or may be pyrolyzed to form bulk titanium nitride.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1993
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Charles H. Winter, Tilak S. Lewkebandara, James W. Proscia, Philip H. Sheridan
  • Patent number: 5193262
    Abstract: A heat shield retainer and method for mounting a heat shield onto a polymeric fuel tank. The heat shield retainer comprises a nut and bolt combination and a retainer body. The retainer body has bulbous pegs located on a first side thereof for engaging within corresponding sockets located within a fuel tank to secure the retainer body to the fuel tank. The retainer body further includes a releasable channel located on a second side thereof for releasably connecting the nut and bolt thereto. One or more retainers of the present invention may be employed to mount a heat shield onto a polymeric fuel tank. After a polymeric tank has been formed, and before it has cooled, the respective pegs of each heat shield retainer are inserted into corresponding sockets located within the fuel tank. As the tank cools, the polymeric material of the tank defining the sockets contracts about the pegs. As a result, after the tank cools, the pegs are locked within the sockets, and hence to the fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1993
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: James P. Hyde, Thomas J. Bryans
  • Patent number: 5194990
    Abstract: Three-layer, low color purity, anti-reflection coatings reduce the reflection of visible light rays and display a low color purity when glazings carrying such coatings are oriented at high angles of incidence with respect to a source of visible light. The reflectances are comparable and the color purity values are lower for such glazings, when compared with conventional glazings coated with 1/4-178 -174 wavelength anti-reflection coatings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1993
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Edward N. Boulos, Mark F. Best
  • Patent number: 5190101
    Abstract: A manifold and a method of making a manifold for a tube and fin type heat exchanger are disclosed wherein the manifold is a one piece aluminum extrusion. The method includes the steps of extruding the material into a U-shaped channel having a base member and a pair of vertical walls, forming a plurality of fluid conducting passageways in the base member, and rolling the vertical walls toward the longitudinal center of the base member until the free ends of the walls contact the base member to form a pair of hollow longitudinal fluid conduits. The conduit are then crimped at predetermined locations to form fluid baffles and the manifold is then sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1993
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Ali Jalilevand, Eugene E. Rhodes
  • Patent number: 5188414
    Abstract: An improved pick-up truck includes an integral auxiliary load compartment positioned between the cab and the load box of the pick-up, the auxiliary load compartment having lateral side walls which extend in parallel planar relationship with adjacent portions of the cab and load box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1993
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Robert E. Burnham, Roy E. Bonnett