Filtering Patents (Class 123/196A)
  • Patent number: 6143169
    Abstract: Oil sump arrangements, such as transmission oil sumps and lubricating oil sumps used with the drive train of automotive vehicles are divided into an upper chamber and a lower chamber with a filter media disposed between the upper chamber and the lower chamber. The oil being circulated to a transmission or an engine pools in the lower chamber and is sucked by a suction tube out of the lower chamber for recirculation. In order to prevent the oil from pooling or accumulating under centrifugal force away from the suction tube so that air is ingested by the suction tube and the transmission or engine momentarily starved for oil, a plurality of baffle plates are placed in the lower chamber and extended parallel to the longitudinal axis of the vehicle which is the normal direction of motion of the vehicle. The baffle plates obstruct movement of the oil away from the suction tube inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: Dana Corporation
    Inventor: Brian Thomas Lee
  • Patent number: 6101996
    Abstract: An oil filter unit comprising a housing (4) and a filter element (14) accommodated therein is fitted to an engine (1) via a bracket (3) having a cylindrical holder (5). The housing (4) is secured to the holder (5) by screwing a male screw (19) on its outer circumference to a female screw (17) formed in the inner circumference of the holder (5). A first cut-out (24) is formed across the female screw (17) and a second cut-out (23) is formed across the male screw (19). When these cut-outs (24, 23) meet together, they form a drain passage which drains the oil in the housing (4) to outside. With this construction, the oil in the housing is drained via a predetermined path and prevented from scattering around, when the filter unit is removed from the engine (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignees: Tennex Corporation, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eriya Arita, Kunihiko Tsuchiya, Katsuya Yamada, Hideki Yamamura, Takeshi Matsunaga
  • Patent number: 6089205
    Abstract: The adapter assemblies for an engine flushing system includes an oil filter port adapter assembly and an oil drain plug port adapter assembly for connection between an engine flushing apparatus and the lubrication system of an internal combustion engine. A plurality of adapter members of the oil filter adapter assembly are releasably secured together by a low tolerance sliding fit and indexed together by indexing pins in a low tolerance sliding fit, to prevent the connection between the adapter members from seizing up. In one embodiment, for a recessed, cartridge-type oil filter port accessible via the drain pan, the filter port adapter assembly comprises a first filter port adapter member, one end of which is placed within the filter port, and a second end of which is connected to the fluid supply conduit connected to the flushing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: Envirolution, Inc.
    Inventors: Victor A. Grigorian, Martin Renwick, Seymour Seplow
  • Patent number: 6076492
    Abstract: A variable valve timing mechanism for an internal combustion engine wherein the camshaft is supported at one end by a combined bearing and valve body member that is detachably connected to the supporting engine body. The connection is such that fluid from the engine lubricating system can be delivered to this body and distributed by a control valve mounted in it. This simplifies machining of the engine body and permits a more compact, lower cost construction without sacrificing any function. The control valve is mounted in a bore that is accessible through the side of the cylinder head and is actuated by a servo motor mounted on the exterior of the cylinder head to provide a compact, rigid and easily serviced assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hironao Takahashi
  • Patent number: 6058899
    Abstract: A device for separating impurities from the lubricating oil of an internal combustion engine, in which the device (1) has at least one filter insert (2), a centrifuge (3) operable by the flow of lubricating oil, and at least one discharge channel (5) for cleaned oil, in which the filter insert (2) and the centrifuge operable by the flow of oil are in separate housings linked by at least one communicating oil channel (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: Filterwerk Mann & Hummel GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Schetter
  • Patent number: 6045692
    Abstract: An oil filter (10) includes a colloidal suspension (12) of PTFE particles less than 2 microns in size retained by capillary forces within the intricacies of the filter media (26) until the filter (10) is installed and engine oil flows at first engine start up following installation. The PTFE colloidal suspension (12) is completely and immediately released into the engine lubricating system when oil flow is initiated. The PTFE colloidal suspension (12) is introduced into the oil filter (10) as one of the last manufacturing steps. Oil filter (10) is disposed vertically with its outlet port (14) at the top. A quantity of the PTFE colloidal suspension is introduced into the outlet port (14) to initially fill a portion of the volume defined by a centertube (18) and a retainer (16). The PTFE colloidal suspension passes through openings (20,24) into contact with filter media (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Assignee: AlliedSignal Inc.
    Inventors: Gerard Walter Bilski, Charlie Probasco, Robert Franklyn Voigt
  • Patent number: 6035817
    Abstract: A variable valve timing mechanism for an internal combustion engine wherein the camshaft is supported at one end by a combined bearing and valve body member that is detachably connected to the supporting engine body. The connection is such that fluid from the engine lubricating system can be delivered to this body and distributed by control valves mounted in it. This simplifies machining of the engine body and permits a more compact, lower cost construction without sacrificing any function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masahiro Uchida
  • Patent number: 6024193
    Abstract: A lubricating system for an engine having a cylinder body and a crankcase, the cylinder body defining at least one cylinder, a piston movably mounted in the cylinder and connected to a crankshaft rotatably mounted in the crankcase defined by a crankcase member. The lubricating system includes an oil pump supported at an inner side of a wall of the crankcase member and an oil filter housing area located at an outer side of the wall, the oil pump driven by the engine and delivering oil from an oil source to a filter positioned in the oil filter housing area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masamitsu Fukushima
  • Patent number: 6019196
    Abstract: Device for precise replacement of liquids in a mechanism includes at least one bag which can be filled with liquid to be delivered precisely to the mechanism or which can hold used liquid. The bag(s) has/have flexible boundaries and may be provided in a housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Assignee: Theodore W. Selby
    Inventors: Theodore W. Selby, Christopher John Rudy
  • Patent number: 6016784
    Abstract: An oil filter attaching structure for an engine has a stand hole communicated with a main oil gallery formed in a lower casing of an engine. The stand hole is formed therein with either one of two different length female threads, one length female thread part is for use without an oil cooler and the other length female thread part is for use with an oil cooler. A filter stand is formed having one end with a male thread part for use without an oil cooler, with a length which is longer than that of the one female thread part. The filter stand is formed with a male thread part on the other end for use with an oil cooler, having a length which is longer than that of the other female thread part. The filter stand has one end screwed into the stand hole. The other end of the filter stand has an oil filter attached. The same filter stand can be used on engines with or without an oil cooler. The filter structure allows visible confirmation of proper assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2000
    Assignee: Suzuki Motor Corporation
    Inventor: Ryuji Tanaka
  • Patent number: 5997372
    Abstract: A four-cycle internal combustion engine is provided with a scavenge pump and a pressure pump that are both attached for rotation to a crank shaft of the engine. The inlets and outlets of the scavenge pump and pressure pump are located at positions within the structure of the internal combustion engine which inhibits the drainage of lubricant from a lubricant reservoir to the engine when the outboard motor is either tilted at an extreme angle from vertical or stored in a horizontal position. The scavenge pump and the pressure pump can be gerotor pumps and can either be located proximate each other at one side of the engine or displaced from each other on opposite sides of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: George D. Idzikowski, Steven J. Bethel
  • Patent number: 5975041
    Abstract: High-temperature oil returning from a cylinder head is to be prevented from being sucked directly into an oil pump through an oil strainer. An oil intake space is defined by partition walls formed near a split plane of both a front casing and a rear casing. The interior of the oil intake space is partitioned into a lower oil chamber and an upper oil chamber by an oil strainer. The lower oil chamber is in communication with the interior of an oil pan through intake ports, while the upper oil chamber communicates with an oil pump. The oil strainer is separately formed as an intake duct and a screen. The oil strainer is fitted and held in a slot formed in the partition wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoru Narita, Toshinari Mohara
  • Patent number: 5967111
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an arrangement in an oil filter with integral oil cooler with a filter material (7) in the form of a tubular casing, which is enclosed in a housing (1). The latter is defined by a cylindrical wall (4) and two ends (5, 6), one (5) of which can be opened for changing the filter material (7). Two essentially concentric annular circulation chambers (8, 9) are arranged in front of the cylindrical wall. Of these the one that connects with the inside of the housing (12) is intended to accommodate the flow of oil and the other which has an inlet opening (10) and an outlet opening (11) is intended to accommodate the flow of coolant. The coolant circulation chamber (8), which is the outer of the two circulation chambers, is divided by a partition wall (25) into two essentially equal sub-chambers (8a, 8b) into each of which an opening (10, 11) respectively opens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Purolator Products Company
    Inventor: Erik Hedman
  • Patent number: 5954019
    Abstract: A twin overhead camshaft internal combustion engine embodying a variable valve timing mechanism on each of the camshafts. The variable valve timing mechanism is operated hydraulically by lubricant that is supplied to it through a bearing surface of the camshaft so as to minimize external conduits and connections and to simplify sealing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaaki Yoshikawa, Hironao Takahashi
  • Patent number: 5950591
    Abstract: According to the present invention, there is provided an engine oil deterioration preventing agent comprising, an addition agent for preventing a deterioration of an engine oil, and a housing body for housing the addition agent therein to discharge the addition agent to the engine oil when the engine oil is deteriorated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuji Kageyama, Akihiro Takahashi, Yukio Kinugasa
  • Patent number: 5921213
    Abstract: The adapter assemblies for an engine flushing system includes an oil filter port adapter assembly and an oil drain plug port adapter assembly for connection between an engine flushing apparatus and the lubrication system of an internal combustion engine. A plurality of adapter members of the oil filter adapter assembly are releasably secured together by a low tolerance sliding fit and indexed together by indexing pins in a low tolerance sliding fit, to prevent the connection between the adapter members from seizing up. In one embodiment, for a recessed, cartridge-type oil filter port accessible via the drain pan, the filter port adapter assembly comprises a first filter port adapter member, one end of which is placed within the filter port, and a second end of which is connected to the fluid supply conduit connected to the flushing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: EnviroLution, Inc.
    Inventors: Victor A. Grigorian, Martin Renwick, Seymour Seplow
  • Patent number: 5922196
    Abstract: A filter for filtering lubricating oil or fuel for an internal combustion engine is disclosed herein. The filter includes a filter housing having an inner end for connection to a connection flange associated with the internal combustion engine and an outer end connected to a detachable cover. The inner end of the housing includes a filter inlet duct, a filter return duct, and a plurality of coaxially spaced radial filter seals for providing a seal between the filter housing and the connection flange. The connection flange includes a connection inlet duct in matching registry with the filter inlet duct, a connection return duct in matching registry with the filter return duct, and a plurality of coaxially spaced sealing surfaces each in matching registry with a respective one of the radial filter seals. A locking connection is provided for securing the filter housing against the connection flange at a plurality of said angular positions with respect to the connecting flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: Ing. Walter Hengst GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Dieter Baumann
  • Patent number: 5900155
    Abstract: An apparatus for on-site engine oil reconditioning comprises an apparatus configured and arranged for changing oil by removing spent oil from, and introducing reconditioned oil into an internal combustion engine. A mechanism, in fluid communication with the oil changing apparatus, removes finite particles from the spent oil to produce particle-free oil. A mechanism, in fluid communication with the finite particle removing mechanism, refines the particle-free oil to remove water, fuel, and/or glycols to produce re-refined oil. A mechanism, in fluid communication with the refining mechanism, adjusts the composition of the re-refined oil to meet a predetermined specification to produce the reconditioned oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Assignee: K.J. Manufacturing Co.
    Inventor: Ram D. Bedi
  • Patent number: 5896886
    Abstract: An oil filter wrench having adjustable serrated jaws that incorporate a hollow piercing jaw tooth that is connected to a drain hose via an internal oil channel through the oil filter wrench handle and jaw portion. The piercing jaw tooth includes an "O"-ring seal which seals when the piercing jaw punctures the oil filter housing. The drain hose includes a valve and a nipple that is attachable to a squeeze type drain bulb that can be used to provide a suction for sucking the oil filter during use. Use of the oil filter wrench allows the mechanic to drain the oil filter prior to removing the oil filter from its mount thereby preventing oil from draining onto the mechanic's hands and onto the vehicle parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Inventor: Daniel F. Wendt
  • Patent number: 5884601
    Abstract: A primary pump system for lubricating an internal combustion engine includes a pump constructed and arranged to pump lubricant to an engine prior to engine cranking and continuously during operation of the engine. A variable speed electric motor is constructed and arranged to drive the pump independently of engine speed. A controller controls operation of the motor and thus the operation of the pump. An engine load sensor senses a load on the engine. The controller is responsive to a signal received from the engine load sensor to control the motor so that the pump may supply lubricant to the engine in accordance with engine load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1999
    Assignee: Siemens Canada Limited
    Inventor: David C. Robinson
  • Patent number: 5816212
    Abstract: In an oil supply device for a machine having different categories of oil consumers, to which respectively one supply loop provided with at least one pump is provided, it is possible to achieve a simple structure and advantageous operating costs in that all supply loops can be provided with oil from a common oil tank, that at least one supply loop having a self-cleaning filter provided with an outlet for oil sludge, and that a separating device is provided, which can be charged at least with the oil sludge from each self-cleaning filter and which has a clean oil outlet terminating in the oil tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Assignee: Man B & W Diesel A/S
    Inventors: Henning Lindquist, Poul Cenker
  • Patent number: 5814211
    Abstract: The invention is a spin-on type filter with a reclaimed permanent filter casing and permanent filtering mediums that are washable and reusable. There are three distinct progressive filtering systems that function simultaneously, but separately within one filter housing; one is the full flow filtering at 10 micron capability while the other is in its by-pass fine filtering mode at 1 to 3 micron filtering capability. In addition, a safety full flow filter can be activated to filter the return oil while the main fill flow medium is fouled. Each system can be implemented with multi mediums. The main body of the filter, which comprises the filter head and the mediums, can be separated easily for servicing from its casing which is designed to attach to the engine. Fine stainless steel cloths are being utilized as filtering mediums which can last the life of an engine. Further more, magnetic pieces are utilized to trap suspending metal filings in oil flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Inventor: Ano Leo
  • Patent number: 5814214
    Abstract: A new type of semi-permanently usable oil filter controls the production of air bubbles, a cause of oil combustion, through a successful blending of oil filter and electronic control device by comprising a sensor means which senses the temperature, air bubbles and pressure of oil expelled from a pump in particular and the number of revolutions of an engine. A microcomputer which inputs data such as the dynamic rising pressure and falling-type stop pressure of uncompressed oil and data compared with the amount of oil passing under the pressure in the circulatory system according to the fuzzy theory. The computer compares the data of the sensor means and the peculiarity of Soliton wave based on the fuzzy theory. An actuator means is provided equipped with plural valves and plural relays which open/close the valves according to output from the microcomputer. Plural filters are installed so as to be opposed to the valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Inventor: Myung Woo Chun
  • Patent number: 5797363
    Abstract: A variable valve timing mechanism (VVT) for adjusting the valve timing of an intake valve of an internal combustion engine. The VVT has first and second pressure chambers for receiving oil. An oil control valve (OCV) is provided for controlling oil flow from a pump. Passages are provided for connecting the OCV to the pressure chambers to supply oil to the chambers in a controlled manner. A filter is located in the passage for filtering the oil. The filter is supported in water jacket where coolant flows. The filter is heated by the coolant to decrease the flow resistance of the oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1998
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideo Nakamura
  • Patent number: 5791310
    Abstract: The adapter assemblies for an engine flushing system includes an oil filter port adapter assembly and an oil drain plug port adapter assembly for connection between an engine flushing apparatus and the lubrication system of an internal combustion engine. A plurality of adapter members of the oil filter adapter assembly are releasably secured together by a low tolerance sliding fit and indexed together by indexing pins in a low tolerance sliding fit, to prevent the connection between the adapter members from seizing up. In one embodiment, for a recessed, cartridge-type oil filter port accessible via the drain pan, the filter port adapter assembly comprises a first filter port adapter member, one end of which is placed within the filter port, and a second end of which is connected to the fluid supply conduit connected to the flushing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Assignee: Envirolution, Inc.
    Inventors: Victor A. Grigorian, Martin Renwick, Seymour Seplow
  • Patent number: 5782315
    Abstract: An oil filter pump system for automatically prelubricating an internal combustion engine, uses a well known conventional oil filter design further including inlet and outlet check valves and a flexible membrane operatively connected to a prime mover. The prime mover actuates the flexible membrane back and forth from an unbiased at rest position according to an operating cycle programmed into an electronic controller. The electronic controller switches control power from the normally provided battery according to an operating cycle. The elapsed time of the operating cycle is smaller than the elapsed time for the previous prelubricating cycle to become ineffective from oil dripping from working surfaces desired to be protected from wear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1998
    Inventor: Adan Reinosa
  • Patent number: 5775285
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine that includes an induction system and oil filter that are disposed, at least in part, on the same side of the cylinder block. The induction system is configured so as to clear the oil filter so as to facilitate its servicing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Assignee: Sanshin Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masanori Takahashi
  • Patent number: 5766451
    Abstract: An anti reversionary valve assembly with a replaceable anti reversionary valve element for prevention of back flow of lubricant in a machine using fluid pumped through passages for lubrication. The anti reversionary sealing action prevents the drainage of lubricant from passages supplying bearings and high friction areas with lubricant avoiding damages to machinery from dry starts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1998
    Inventor: Thomas Sparling
  • Patent number: 5753116
    Abstract: A coolant filter assembly for attachment to a coolant circulation system of a motor or to a motor housing is provided. The filter assembly includes a housing that accommodates a cylindrical filter cartridge. The housing is sealably connected to the coolant circulation system. The filter cartridge accommodates a sealed chamber between the two opposing ends of the filter cartridge and the inner surface of the filter cartridge. The sealed chamber may be comprised of a continuous sealing layer. As the housing is attached to the coolant circulation system, the sealing layer is punctured or otherwise broken to release liquid coolant additive to the coolant circulation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1998
    Assignees: Ing. Walter Hengst GmbH & Co., KG & Mercedes-Benz AG
    Inventors: Dieter Baumann, Bernhard Batram, Jorg Homberger
  • Patent number: 5730870
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed for draining used oil from a motor (M) having a drain hole (12). A valved drain plug (P) is removably mounted in the drain hole (12). A transportable lubricant drain container (C) is adapted to be positioned beneath the vehicle (V) to be drained. The drain container (C) has a handle (16) that is adjustable to correctly position the container (C) beneath the drain hole (12) of the motor (M) depending on the type of vehicle (V). The valved drain plug (P) can be remotely operated to open a passageway (22) through which the used oil drains from the motor (M).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1998
    Inventor: Ovie L. Randolph
  • Patent number: 5707515
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for improved in-line contaminant removal from engine lubricating oil are provided which employ gravity to achieve a desired flow rate of oil. The invention is adapted for use with an existing engine oil lubrication system and continuously processes a side stream that after processing, is returned to the engine oil. During processing, the oil is first filtered and then drained and deposited upon the upper central surface portions of a heated dome whereon the oil forms a thin film from which relatively low boiling volatile impurities (especially water) are rapidly separated in a gaseous state. The gas is vented through a pressure relief valve to the manifold while the recovered reconditioned oil is collected and recycled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Inventor: Michael T. DePaul
  • Patent number: 5704383
    Abstract: A tool for tapping a container and removing fluid from the container includes a modified bit having a tip configured to bore a hole through a wall of the container, such as an oil filter casing or a tank wall, and a threaded frustoconically-shaped shank configured to engage the wall material defining the hole and to draw the tool into sealing engagement with the wall. A valve assembly is attached to the tip remote end of the modified bit. The valve assembly includes a hex-shaped surface for engaging a drill socket so that the tool can be rotated as it is pressed against the wall. A passageway extends through the shank for communicating fluid from the container, and a valve is located in the valve assembly in communication with the passageway to control fluid flow through the passageway. A cap fits over the valve assembly at the tip remote end of the tool during non-use and when the tool is being used to bore through the wall to protect the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1998
    Assignee: K-Line Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Kammeraad, Jack C. Canon, Dwain L. Kamphuis
  • Patent number: 5682851
    Abstract: An oil system for an engine includes an lubricating oil circulation system having a pan reservoir connected to an inlet of an engine oil gallery by a circulation conduit. A circulation pump is positioned in the circulation conduit. A recirculation conduit connects an outlet from the engine oil gallery to the pan reservoir to complete the lubricating oil circuit. A hydraulically actuated subsystem has a supply conduit connecting the engine lubricating oil circulation system to at least one hydraulically actuated device, such as a hydraulically actuated fuel injector. A high pressure pump is positioned in the supply conduit. A drain conduit connects the at least one hydraulically actuated device to the pan reservoir. A first external port and valve are attached to and open into the supply conduit of the subsystem. An auxiliary pump is connected to the external port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald D. Breen, Richard H. Holtman, Alan R. Stockner
  • Patent number: 5676842
    Abstract: A method and device for changing oil and measuring oil consumption in an internal combustion engine having an internal oil lubrication distribution passage system with an oil filter and oil reservoir including a pump and receptacle for evacuating fluid from the oil reservoir, a pump and receptacle with a fresh oil supply for introducing into the oil reservoir through the oil filter and internal oil lubrication system. An electronic module on the vehicle and communicating and recording with the device facilitates the oil changing process in an easy and safe manner by communicating pertinent information to the device for changing oil including signal to the device an engine running condition and an oil filter-securely-in-place condition so that the device deactivates when the engine is running and the oil filter is not securely in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1997
    Assignee: K. J. Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: Ram D. Bedi, Adrianus J. van der Griendt
  • Patent number: 5674380
    Abstract: A lubricating oil filter and filter blockage alarm system for internal combustion engines. At least one filter element is disposed within a housing. A condition representing a degree of blockage of the filter element is sensed and, if a blockage threshold is exceeded, an alarm is triggered. There is provided an electrical connection between the sensor and the alarm system. The connection is a pair of series-connected platinum conductors that are insulated from contact with the oil being filtered, thereby assuring the triggering of the alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1997
    Inventor: Matei Cioara
  • Patent number: 5667699
    Abstract: A method and device for removing waste oil from a cartridge-type oil filter with the filter including a plurality of openings formed therein in a predetermined pattern and an oil retention gasket disposed within the filter. The device includes an elongate body portion formed of resilient, bendable material defining a longitudinally extending central body formed with a predetermined lengthwise dimension sufficient to span a distance between two of the openings and two end portions formed integrally with the central body and projecting oppositely outwardly therefrom with the end portions being sized to fit within the openings and being of a sufficient lengthwise dimension to engage and displace at least a portion of the gasket to allow waste oil to be poured or otherwise drained from the filter cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1997
    Inventor: Larry Schlise
  • Patent number: 5647306
    Abstract: An assembly of auxiliary apparatus for an internal combustion engine includes a coolant pump, an oil cooler device, and an oil filter unit combined and interconnected as a unitary unit for mounting on the internal combustion engine. The oil cooler device includes a housing having an oil pathway and a coolant pathway formed therein. The pathways are arranged to allow heat exchange between oil and coolant flowing through the pathways. The housing has a mounting surface for attachment to the internal combustion engine such that the oil pathway and the coolant pathway both extend beyond the mounting surface and into a recess of a wall of the engine. The assembly allows the engine envelope size to be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 15, 1997
    Assignee: Perkins Limited
    Inventor: Richard Pateman
  • Patent number: 5640936
    Abstract: A removable oil tank and oil filter for four cycle dry sump internal combustion engines having particular utility in marine applications. A support for the tank is attached to or near the engine and the oil tank is held in engagement with the support by mechanical quick disconnect retainers. Oil lines connecting the tank and the engine oil circulating system are connected by quick disconnect fluid connectors. One portion of the quick disconnect fluid connectors may be fixedly attached to a support for the tank in a position where they help support the oil tank when the connectors are joined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 24, 1997
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventor: Eric B. Hudson
  • Patent number: 5566781
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for flushing and cleaning the oil strainer and crankcase of an internal combustion engine of a type having a removable full-flow oil filter. The oil filter is temporarily replaced with a cartridge which has at least one passage therethrough which will communicate with the discharge side of the engine oil pump but does not communicate with the normal outflow port of the filter apparatus. A second passage therethrough may communicate with the outflow port of the filter system but does not communicate with the discharge of the oil pump. In a preferred method, the inlet of the first passage may be connected to a source of pressurized fluid to force the fluid, in a direction opposite to normal flow, through the passage, the oil pump and the oil strainer to agitate and flush contaminants in the oil strainer and crankcase. The pressurized fluid and contaminants are drained from the crankcase after which the cartridge is removed, a new oil filter installed and clean oil added to the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1996
    Inventors: Jimmie H. Robert, Eddie L. Robert
  • Patent number: 5558058
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an oil pump assembly comprising a housing member including a first mounting surface, a cover member mounting surface spaced from the first mounting surface, a bore extending from the cover member mounting surface and including, adjacent the cover member mounting surface, a counter bore, an oil supply passage extending between the first mounting surface and the cover member mounting surface for communication with an oil supply source, and an oil delivery passage extending between the first mounting surface and the cover member mounting surface for communication with an oil delivery conduit, a cover member including a housing member mounting surface fixed to the cover member mounting surface of the housing member, an other mounting surface, an oil supply recess located in the housing member mounting surface and communicating with the counter bore in the housing member, an internal oil supply conduit communicating between the oil supply recess and the housing member mounting surface and commu
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1996
    Assignee: Outboard Marine Corporation
    Inventors: Lam H. Ming, Chu K. Ying
  • Patent number: 5546979
    Abstract: A fluid container draining device for draining fluid from a fluid container, such as an oil filter, in a controlled manner. It has a front threaded screw with a sharpened drill tip. It has an internal channel communicating between an opening at the forward end of the screw and a rear region of the threaded screw. A fluid valve is positioned at the rear region of the screw in fluid connection with the channel. The fluid valve provides fluid flow control between the interior of the fluid container and the outside of the fluid container. The fluid valve has an internally threaded front region which screws into the externally threaded rear region of the screw, and an externally threaded rear region, onto which a fluid evacuation line is to be attached. A turning portion for turning the device into the wall of the container is located on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1996
    Assignee: Clark Technology Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Clark, II, Poul Van Santen
  • Patent number: 5526782
    Abstract: A method and device for changing oil in a safe manner and on an internal combustion engine having an internal oil lubrication distribution passage system with an oil filter and oil reservoir including an apparatus and receptacle for evacuating fluid from the oil reservoir, a pump and receptacle with a fresh oil supply for introducing into the engine oil reservoir through the oil filter and internal oil lubrication system. An electronic module is on the vehicle for communicating pertinent information to the apparatus for changing oil and signals to facilitate the oil changing process in an easy and safe manner including a signal to indicate an engine running condition and a signal for the oil filter-in-place condition, so that the device can deactivate when the engine is running or the oil filter is disengaged or not properly engaged to the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1996
    Assignee: K. J. Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: Ram D. Bedi, Adrianus J. van der Griendt
  • Patent number: 5520800
    Abstract: A device to provide a tribochemical mode of operation in a lubrication system for a mechanism comprises a casing (1), a cover (2) with holes (3 and 4) for oil inlet and outlet, respectively, a non-return valve (5), a relief valve (6), a full-flow filtering element (7), and an alkaline reagent and iodine provided in succession along the oil flow. The alkaline reagent is coated over metal rods (8) installed outside and round the perimeter of the filtering element (7) while the iodine is provided in the interior (9) thereof. The rods (8) are made of aluminium and have a height corresponding to that of the filtering element (7). A textile or gauze covering (10) is placed over the filtering element (7) complete with the rods (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1996
    Assignee: Zakrytoye Aktsionernoye Obshchestvo "Troiler-Korporatsiya"
    Inventors: Dmitry N. Glebovsky, Mikhail E. Judovich, Vladimir G. Povarov, Nikolai N. Shenberg
  • Patent number: 5478463
    Abstract: A method, composition and filter for reducing the presence of sludge or varnish precursors in a lubricating oil circulating within an internal combustion engine. The lubricating oil containing sludge or varnish precursors is contacted with discrete particles of an oil insoluble, oil wettable compound having an antioxidant functional group and/or a dispersant functional group, which are capable of complexing with sludge or varnish precursors. Preferably the compounds comprises a crosslinked amine having ethylene amine functionality. The starting polyethylene amines have a number average molecular weight in the range of about 100 to about 60,000, preferably 200 to 250 and are crosslinked with a silicon oxide, silane, silicate, epoxide, quinone, or phenol-formaldehyde crosslinking agent. The particles are encaged within a one or two stage oil filter together with filtering media such as chemically active filter media, physically active filter media and inactive filter media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 26, 1995
    Assignee: Exxon Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Darrell W. Brownawell, Warren A. Thaler, Cruise K. Jones, Jacob Emert, Abhimanyu O. Patil
  • Patent number: 5476073
    Abstract: During servicing, used lubricating oil is pumped (7) from the sump of a compression ignition engine (4) crankcase to a reservoir means (8), then filtered (10) and mixed (2) with fuel oil returning (12) to a supply tank (14). The filtered (10) used lubricating oil is effectively mixed (2) with the fuel (12) for burning in the engine (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 19, 1995
    Inventor: Harold S. Betts
  • Patent number: 5472045
    Abstract: A filter device is provided for use with the heat exchanger utilizing a filter having a low volume mass of filter media wherein residual oil remaining in the filter is eliminated as a major environmental concern. The heat exchanger has first and second discrete flowpaths for fluid to be filtered. One of the flowpaths is designed to be in heat exchange relation with a coolant. Means are provided to establish fluid communication between the first and second discrete flowpaths with a low volume filter being situated between the establishing means and the heat exchanger, and clamp means are provided to maintain the establishing means and the low volume filter in sealed, assembled relation with the heat exchanger with the clamp means including means for providing access to an axial passageway through the clamp means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 5, 1995
    Assignee: Modine Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Robert F. Poehlman
  • Patent number: 5467746
    Abstract: An adapter system for use with an internal combustion engine flushing apparatus which permits connection to the crank case and the oil filter of internal combustion engines. A first adapter enables a conduit hose of a flushing apparatus to be connected with the drain plug port of an oil pan of the engine. In one form this first adapter fits within the drain plug port of internal combustion engines and a connector and upwardly directed hose are attached to the adapter. This adapter is intended to be permanently in place. In another form of the drain port adapter, the construction is relatively slim in overall depth thereby to facilitate location in awkward positions. An oil filter adapter includes adapter cap with an elongated threaded post which fits at the oil filter port leading to the oil filter adapter of the internal combustion engine. The cap for the adapter is connected to the post. The post is surrounded by a cylindrical ring which is part of the oil filter construction of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1995
    Inventors: Erik F. M. Waelput, Peter C. Hollub, Joseph D. Lentini
  • Patent number: 5460656
    Abstract: Engine cleaning is affected at different times while the engine is running. Apparatus for cleaning internal combustion engines cyclically draws cleaning fluid from a reservoir by a pump, flushes the fluid through the block of the internal combustion engine, and returns the fluid to the reservoir. Tank selection valves alternately couple one of a pair of reservoir tanks to the pump, to the exclusion of another tank. One tank can be dedicated for use to clean gasoline powered internal combustion engines to preserve the characteristic color of the cleaning fluid, while the other tank can be utilized to clean diesel powered internal combustion engines. The system is operated through first flushing and soaking periods and through second flushing and soaking periods. A first tank in a pair is used to initially pump and recover cleaning fluid during the first flushing and soaking periods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1995
    Inventors: Erik F. M. Waelput, Peter C. Hollub, Joseph D. Lentini
  • Patent number: 5454354
    Abstract: A combined oil filter/reservoir cartridge for an internal combustion engine mounted outboard of the engine for easy access. The device includes an oil filter and has sufficient capacity to hold all of the engine oil. An auxiliary oil pump is included to pump fresh oil from a new device into the engine and to pump the old oil into the reservoir. The device can then be demounted and the contents and cartridge recycled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1995
    Inventor: William Miller
  • Patent number: 5454355
    Abstract: An oil inlet adapter assembly connectible to an oil inlet channel or gallery leading to at least one oil filter for an internal combustion engine. The oil inlet adapter assembly comprises an inlet fitting, a nipple extension, and a quick connect nipple connected in series. The inlet fitting is a compact fitting having a threaded portion and a flanged portion. A first bore is drilled through the interior of the threaded portion, and another bore is drilled through one of the hexagonal sides to meet the first bore to form a through bore in the inlet fitting having an essentially 90.degree. angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1995
    Assignee: K.J. Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Adrianus J. van der Griendt