Abstract: A fuel tank filler neck apparatus includes a filler neck and a filler neck component mounted in a fuel-conducting passageway formed in the filler neck. The filler neck component could be a fuel tan inlet check valve or a closure cap mount.
Abstract: An apparatus is provided for controlling discharge of fuel vapor from an interior region in a fuel tank and preventing unsatisfactory liquid fuel levels within the interior region of the fuel tank. The apparatus includes a buoyant fill-limit valve movable to open and close a vapor outlet opening.
Abstract: A nozzle inhibitor is positioned in a filler neck closure assembly between a pivotable outer door and a pivotable inner door to prevent a user from pumping unleaded fuel into a diesel fuel tank. The nozzle inhibitor blocks full insertion of a small-diameter unleaded fuel nozzle into the filler neck closure assembly yet allows full insertion of a large-diameter diesel fuel nozzle into the filler neck closure assembly.
Abstract: A return fuel temperature control module is adapted for use in controlling the temperature of fuel diverted away from an engine and returned to a fuel tank. The module includes a housing formed to include passageways and a flow controller to control flow of fuel through the passageways.
Abstract: A filler neck closure includes a closure base, a handle, and an apparatus mount. The closure base is adapted to mate with a fuel tank filler neck to close an opening into a fuel-conducting passageway formed in the fuel tank filler neck. In certain embodiments, a fuel treatment apparatus and/or vent apparatus is coupled to the apparatus mount.
Abstract: A fuel tank vent system includes a fuel vapor vent apparatus and a vent controller. The fuel vapor vent apparatus is adapted to be coupled to a fuel tank. The vent controller is coupled to the fuel vapor vent apparatus and configured to control flow of fuel vapor from the fuel tank through the fuel vapor vent apparatus to a destination outside the fuel tank.
July 30, 2004
Date of Patent:
June 20, 2006
Stant Manufacturing Inc.
Brian J. Williamson, Michael S. Brock, J Bradley Groom
Abstract: A filler neck closure assembly (30) includes a closure apparatus (32) formed to include a pump nozzle-receiving opening (36) and adapted to be mounted on an open mouth of a filler neck 24. A cover 40, pivotally mounted to the closure apparatus (32), is movable between a first position covering the nozzle-receiving opening (36) to seal the filler neck (24) and a second position uncovering the nozzle-receiving opening (36) to allow access thereto. An overcenter leaf spring (42) normally biases the cover (40) toward its first closed position. A tether (94) coupled to the cover (40) has its other end (96) coupled to a filler neck access door (90) so that as the access door (90) is moved from a closed position blocking access to the filler neck (24) to an open position unblocking access to the filler neck (24), the cover (40) is moved from the first position covering the nozzle-receiving opening (36) to the second position uncovering the nozzle-receiving opening (36).
Abstract: A filler neck closure assembly includes a housing formed to include a vent chamber arranged to receive a fuel-dispensing pump nozzle therein during fuel tank refueling. A flow control valve assembly is provided to regulate flow of ambient air and/or fuel vapor through the vent chamber.
July 21, 2004
Date of Patent:
August 2, 2005
Stant Manufacturing Inc.
Chad A. McClung, Jeffery Griffin, Lowell R. Bell
Abstract: A fuel tank vent apparatus comprises a housing. The housing comprises inner and outer sleeves providing a fuel vapor transfer passageway therebetween so that liquid fuel entrained in fuel vapor is shed therefrom as fuel vapor flows from a fuel vapor transfer port formed in the outer sleeve through the fuel vapor transfer passageway to a fuel vapor inlet port formed in the inner sleeve to produce a flow of demoisturized fuel vapor for discharge from the housing.
Abstract: A vent apparatus (10) includes a tank mount (12) made of a weldable plastics material and a fuel system component such as a valve assembly (13). Valve a assembly (13) includes a valve housing (14) made of a nonweldable plastics material and a valve (21) movable in a valve chamber (24) formed in valve housing (14) to open and close an aperture (23) leading to a venting outlet (22). Tank mount (12) supports valve housing (14) in a position in a mounting aperture (16) formed in a fuel tank (18). Valve housing (14) is made by injecting on-weldable plastics material into a mold containing the pre-molded tank mount (12).
June 1, 2000
Date of Patent:
January 11, 2005
Stant Manufacturing Inc.
Nancy Williamson, Thomas Blease, Jeffrey Devall, Dwight Smith
Abstract: A cap for use on the threaded filler neck of a coolant reservoir, such as an automobile radiator, comprising a cover and main body and including: a means for transmitting torque from the cover to the main body to screw the cap onto the filler neck. The cap but for preventing excess torque from being transmitted. The cap includes a second torque transmission means for unscrewing the cap, which does not limit the torque that can be transmitted. The cap also includes a means for preventing the cap from being unscrewed when the coolant is under pressure; a pressure relief means to prevent the coolant pressure from exceeding a predetermined level; and a vacuum relief means for preventing the coolant pressure from falling below a second predetermined level.
Abstract: A vent valve for use in controlling discharge of fuel vapor from a fuel tank. The vent valve includes a housing for attachment to the fuel tank includes a wall defining a cavity therein. The float is contained in the cavity of the housing and is responsive to the level of liquid in the fuel tank. The level in the fuel tank rises, the float rises within the housing. When the level of liquid in the fuel tank drops, the float moves downwardly in the housing. A passage is provided in the housing which communicates with an external portion of the tank. The vent valve includes at least one vent positioned proximate to and communicating with the passage for providing venting passage of vapor therethrough and to the passage. The vent valve includes a vent assembly having a flexible diaphragm which is displaceably positioned proximate to the passage to control the flow of vapor through the vent and through the passage.
Abstract: A tank vent valve apparatus includes a valve housing formed to include an inlet port, an outlet port, and an interior region. The interior region is partitioned to define an intake chamber communicating with the inlet port, a discharge chamber communicating with the outlet port, and a float chamber containing a vent port valve and receiving liquid fuel and fuel vapor from the intake chamber. An interior wall defines a boundary between the float chamber and the discharge chamber and includes a valve seat formed to include a vent port therein. The vent port valve is buoyant and moves up and down along the interior wall as liquid fuel rises and falls in the float chamber to close and open the vent port.
Abstract: A torque-limit signal cap for a filler neck includes a handle, a filler neck closure, and a torque-limit signaler. The torque-limit signaler operates during cap installation to interrupt temporarily a driving connection established between the handle and the closure to provide a tactile and/or auditory signal to a user turning the cap in the filler neck indicating that sufficient torque has been applied to the handle to seat the closure in a filler neck-closing position in the filler neck.
Abstract: A filler neck closure assembly for a vehicle fuel tank filler neck includes a filler neck closure housing adapted to be coupled to the fuel tank filler neck. The filler neck closure housing is formed to include an outer aperture sized to receive a fuel-dispensing pump nozzle therein. The assembly also includes a dust shield mounted for movement relative to the filler neck closure housing to open and close the outer aperture of the filler neck closure housing. A lock of the assembly is coupled to the filler neck closure housing and is movable between a locked position to prevent the dust shield from opening the outer aperture and an unlocked position to allow the dust shield to open the outer aperture.
Abstract: A torque-limit signal cap (10) for a filler neck (14) includes an axially outer portion (16), a filler neck closure (12), and a torque-limit signaler (20). The torque-limit signaler (20) operates during cap installation to interrupt temporarily a driving connection established between the axially outer portion (16) and the closure (12) to provide a tactile and/or auditory signal to a user turning the cap (10) in the filler neck (14) indicating that sufficient torque has been applied to the axially outer portion (16) to seat the closure (12) in a filler neck-closing position in the filler neck (14).
Abstract: A vent apparatus is adapted for use with a fuel tank to control venting of fuel vapor from the fuel tank. The vent apparatus comprises a fuel vapor vent outlet to discharge fuel vapor from the fuel tank. The vent apparatus comprises a normally open first valve module to serve as a fuel fill limit valve and close when the liquid level in the tank reaches a predetermined fill limit and a normally open second valve module to serve as a fuel fill limit valve and close when the liquid level in the tank reaches the predetermined fill limit. The first valve module and the second valve module cooperate to block communication between the fuel tank and the fuel vapor vent outlet when the vent apparatus is positioned in a non-tilted orientation relative to a horizontal and the level of liquid fuel in the fuel tank reaches the predetermined fill limit to close both valve modules.
Abstract: A filler neck closure assembly includes a nozzle receiver associated with a vehicle fuel tank and a fuel-discharge control collar adapted to receive therein a fuel-dispensing pump nozzle inserted into the nozzle receiver during fuel tank refueling.