Patents Examined by Ross Weaver
  • Patent number: 4840396
    Abstract: A rear suspension system for automobiles, comprising: a trailing arm pivoted to the automobile body at its front end and to a knuckle at its rear end; a first and a second lateral links extending laterally across an upper portion and a lower portion of the knuckle and the corresponding locations of the automobile body, respectively; and a third lateral link extending laterally across an intermediate position of the knuckle, located between the upper portion and the lower portion of the knuckle and behind a central axial line of a wheel axle of the knuckle, and the corresponding location of the automobile body. The second lateral link has a substantially same length as the third lateral link. Thus, the mounting positions of the lower end of the shock absorber can be lowered, and the resistance against the changes in the toe angle and the camber angle is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1989
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kanji Kubo
  • Patent number: 4840395
    Abstract: A rod for the suspension system of a motor vehicle such as a bus which maintains fixed points of the chassis and frame or body in a fixed point to point alignment in the vehicle suspension system comprising a rod having openings at each end for an interference fit attachment to predetermined points or dowels, in which the openings are defined by a freely rotating bushing that is surrounded by a concentric cast polyurethane interface that is bonded to an inner concentric circular opening surface at the end of the rod. The rod is a replacement for transit bus torque rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1989
    Inventor: George Sturmon
  • Patent number: 4838574
    Abstract: A system for generating signal representative of the vertical velocity of the body of an automotive vehicle including position sensor for sensing the relative vertical position of a road wheel and tire assembly with respect to the body and for producing a suspension position signal corresponding to the road wheel and tire position and a processor operatively associated with the position sensor for integrating the suspension position signal so as to produce a body velocity signal which is representative of the vertical velocity of the body. A control system for utilizing the body vertical velocity signal in a variety of algorithms for adjusting the adjustable damping feature of an automotive suspension unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1989
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventor: Robert C. Baraszu
  • Patent number: 4838575
    Abstract: An impact head rest device is provided for a vehicle window. The head rest device comprises a vertically adjustable support column which includes narrow-shaped end members that fit behind or into the window molding. The support column is moveable about mid-way along its length from a slightly bent position to the straight column position.This enables the device to be inserted at each end behind the upper and lower window moldings in the bent position. Upon straightening the device by moderate pressure, the support column will be firmly wedged between the window moldings and the glass portion of the window, and thereby be secured in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1989
    Inventor: Michael F. Livingston
  • Patent number: 4838378
    Abstract: A cover for a vehicle lap or torso belt comprises a body formed of cushioning material having a cavity therein for the accommodation of a length of the belt. The cavity is accessible through an opening formed in one side of the cover and such opening comprises a plurality of interlocking dovetail segments which may be separated from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1989
    Inventor: Rene J. Copes
  • Patent number: 4838578
    Abstract: The invention is directed to an improved slider providing adjustment of the suspension of a vehicle longitudinally with respect to the body of the vehicle. The slider is of the type comprising a pair of side rails secured at the left and right sides of the body in fixed position extending longitudinally of the body, and a frame carrying the suspension comprising left and right slide members slidable longitudinally of the body on the side rails, and a plurality of locking pins for locking the frame in various positions of adjustment relative to the side rails, the locking pins being retractible for permitting adjustment of the frame to a selected position of adjustment and extensible for locking the frame in a selected position of adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1989
    Assignee: The Binkley Company
    Inventor: Bobby G. Baxter
  • Patent number: 4834417
    Abstract: A wheel suspension for a motor vehicle, especially with four-wheel drive and at least one guide member which underneath an axle drive shaft is pivotally supported on the side of the body and connected with a wheel carrier. A spring leg is arranged between the guide member and the vehicle body which is extended laterally past the drive shaft by means of a connecting element adjoining the spring leg cylinder and is pivotally connected with the lower guide member in a bearing support. The connecting element of the spring leg includes a groove-shaped recess extending transversely with respect to the drive shaft, in which the drive shaft is arranged immersing with a longitudinal section and having a spacing for movement. This offers the advantage that the drive shaft can be easily installed without having to disconnect the spring leg from the drive member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1989
    Assignee: Ing. h.c.F. Porsche Aktiengesellachaft
    Inventor: August Achleitner
  • Patent number: 4832363
    Abstract: An independent rear wheel suspension (100; 100') for a vehicle in which a knuckle (1) rotatably supporting a rear wheel (2) of the vehicle is pivotably connected in a vertically movable manner to the vehicle body by means of a substantially longitudinally extending trailing arm (5), a substantially transversely extending upper arm (3), a substantially transversely extending short front lower arm (6), and a substantially transversely extending long rear lower arm (4). The knuckle (1) is vertically swingingly pivotably attached to the upper arm (3) and the rear lower arm (4). The upper arm (3), trailing arm (5), front lower arm (6), and rear lower arm (4) are vertically swingingly pivotably attached to the vehicle body. The knuckle (1) is leftwardly and rightwardly swingingly pivotably attached to the trailing arm (5) so as to rotate about a substantially vertical axis (12-14) extending through the rear end part (A) of the trailing arm (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1989
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Keiichi Mitobe
  • Patent number: 4832360
    Abstract: The purpose of this invention is to allow the lubrication of a ball and coupler while being attached together. Unity of a ball and coupler are essential to this invention. The size of ball is immaterial to the function of the design. Lubrication is accomplished through a system comprising of internal ports and external exiting port holes. An internal port system that comprising a variety of ports and exiting port holes to the surface of the ball at various angles allowing lubrication between the ball and socket of the coupler. An external lubrication fitting is attached to the internal lubrication port system. Pressurization occurs when an external lubrication is introduced into the internal porting system through the external lubrication fitting. The amount of lubrication to the ball and socket is controlled by the amount of lubrication introduced into the internal porting system via the lubrication fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1989
    Inventor: Douglas R. Christian
  • Patent number: 4832146
    Abstract: An anti-theft device for an automotive vehicle is provided. It is positioned on top of a battery for an automobile or the like which is provided with positive and negative terminals. The anti-theft device is located within a housing having upper and lower sections. The lower section has an opening for receiving the positive pole and a battery clamp.The anti-theft device receives a positive pole of the battery. The battery clamp fits over the positive pole. The anti-theft device includes a key actuated switch connected by a main power source to a new positive pole. This main power source is switch controlled.A constant power supply is connected to a resistor and by electrical connections to the key actuated switch through the positive pole of the battery. By timely use of the key actuated switch, the anti-theft device can be turned on and off to secure the automotive vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1989
    Inventor: Jeffrey C. Luby
  • Patent number: 4826206
    Abstract: A tension actuator suspension system is disclosed, providing control over the elevation of a load suspended from a reference system, as well as over the compliance of the suspension system. As employed in a vehicle suspension system, a preferred arrangement employs radially expansible, axially contractible tension actuators exhibiting tensile forces that decrease nonlinearly as each contracts. An antagonistic actuator pair is arranged in opposition between the chassis and each wheel of the vehicle. Air is supplied to the actuators from a compressor and accumulator by lines under the control of pressure regulator valves. Manual or automatic inputs allow the adjustment of both vehicle chassis elevation and suspension system compliance individually with respect to each wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1989
    Assignee: MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.
    Inventor: Guy Immega
  • Patent number: 4823896
    Abstract: A retractable undercarriage for mounting dual wheels for a large transport vehicle comprising a support member adapted for connection to the vehicle and having a vertically extending leg and an arm member pivotally connected to one end thereof to the lower end of the leg by a special pin connection employing ring bearings. A running gear sub-assembly is connected to the other end of the arm member. First and second mounting blocks are respectively attached to an upper portion of the support member and to the arm member. Each of these blocks has a slot formed therein for receiving a pivot pin, which slot is open at one end. A hydraulic cylinder mechanism extends and retracts the undercarriage by pivoting the arm member. The upper and lower ends of this mechanism are pivotally connected by the pivot pins to the mounting blocks. Threaded fasteners secure the pivot pins in their respective slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1989
    Assignee: Paling Spring Limited
    Inventors: John G. Evans, Bogdan Charczuk
  • Patent number: 4823905
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in an automotive vehicle for activating a safety device in response to an impact force exceeding a predetermined level. The apparatus includes elongated structure mounted to the body of a vehicle with one end recessed from the periphery of the body and movable relative thereto in response to such an impact force. The elongated structure is operatively connected, as by a cable, with the safety device to activate the latter in response to movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1989
    Assignee: Audi AG.
    Inventor: Ferdinand Piech
  • Patent number: 4822073
    Abstract: In a vehicle front suspension of the type wherein a control arm is vertically pivotally mounted to a vehicle body at two inboard end portions thereof spaced apart substantially in the vehicle longitudinal direction through respectively a front and a rear elastic linkage bearing and is horizontally pivotably connected at an outboard end portion thereof with a wheel support member bearing a knuckle arm extending rearwardly and rotatably supporting a vehicle wheel, and the free end of the knuckle arm is pivotably connected with an end portion of a tie rod for steering of the vehicle, the rear elastic linkage bearing is constructed to exhibit non-linear spring characteristics such as to exhibit a first spring constant with respect to force acting thereto in a vehicle lateral direction and not exceeding a certain value and a second spring constant which is lower than said first spring constant with respect to the lateral force exceeding said certain value, and the first spring constant of the rear elastic linkage
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1989
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Haruhiko Tanahashi, Noritoshi Arai
  • Patent number: 4822063
    Abstract: A sensor for determining the operational position of an automotive suspension including two members relatively movable with respect to one another includes an assembly with the first component movable with respect to a second component, with the first and second components being relatively movable with respect to each other as a result of the movement of the vehicle suspension. A sensor according to this invention will further include, without limitation, a signal generation device associated with said first and second sensor components for generating a plurality of position signals including both unique and non-unique signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1989
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: W. Trent Yopp, John A. Glab
  • Patent number: 4822072
    Abstract: An improved MacPherson strut is disclosed having a guard flange disposed to shield an automobile wheel from contact with a fractured portion of the strut's spring. The flange is configured as an arcuate surface extending from the spring seat to a position between the spring and wheel. The strut also includes a bracket supporting the flange and attaching the flange to the strut body. The bracket is generally planer, and extends radially from the strut body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1989
    Assignee: Maremont Corporation
    Inventors: Alan J. Preslicka, Guillermo Martinez, Jr., James Sommerio
  • Patent number: 4821825
    Abstract: An air-portable all-terrain vehicle is provided with six wheels on three equidistant axles all driven from a single engine via two transfer boxes and differential gear units on each axle. The axles are fully floating beam axles on long travel coil springs and controlled by radius arms and Panhard rods. The radius arms may be parallel to and co-extensive with the respective propeller shafts coupling the differential gears to the transfer boxes and the connections between the propeller shafts and the transfer box outputs may include torsional vibration dampers. A dual circuit braking system with a deceleration sensing valve can be provided to limit the hydraulic pressure to the front wheel brakes. Loading/unloading in the field is facilitated by demountable side panels serving also as loading ramps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1989
    Assignee: Escaro Limited
    Inventor: Michael Somerton-Rayner
  • Patent number: 4821835
    Abstract: There is provided a sensing system compatible with articulating axles whereby the angular difference between the axles is sensed by a limit switch. A spring loaded contact arm carried by one axle is used to trip a limit switch carried by the other axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1989
    Assignee: Economy Engineering Company
    Inventors: Evaldas J. Latvys, Ronald W. Barnhart
  • Patent number: 4819960
    Abstract: The sensor means crashes earlier and discriminates better when mounted at an angle to a horizontal plane passing through the horizontal axis of the vehicle. The sensor preferably is of the damped ball-in-tube type and the angular mounting thereof ranges from 10 to 40 degrees with respect to the horizontal axis of the vehicle, with the forward end of the sensor lower than the rear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1989
    Assignee: Breed Automotive Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: David S. Breed
  • Patent number: 4819756
    Abstract: An independent wheel suspension system having a differential with an output axis therethrough, the differential being coupled to a transverse support tube pivotable about a transverse axis therethrough and by an inboard constant velocity universal joint to a wheel assembly, the wheel assembly being coupled by an arm to a torsion rod carried by the transverse support tube and pivotable about a swing axis through the inboard constant velocity universal joint, whereby the differential is adapted to pivot relative to each of the output, the transverse and the swing axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1989
    Assignee: GKN Automotive Inc.
    Inventor: Werner Krude