Including Longitudinally Extending, Endless Element For Transmitting Drive To Wheels Patents (Class 180/241)
  • Patent number: 7958969
    Abstract: A transfer device for a vehicle includes a casing, a cylindrical input shaft supported by the casing, a first end of the input shaft engaging with a driveshaft, an output shaft supported on an internal surface of a second end of the input shaft and engaging with the second end of the input shaft, the output shaft including an oil passage formed therein in an axial direction, and a lubrication fluid supply passage supplying a lubrication fluid from the casing to the oil passage. The lubrication fluid supply passage includes an inner fluid tight chamber annularly formed with an external surface of the output shaft and an internal surface of the input shaft, a first passage establishing a communication between the inner fluid tight chamber and the oil passage, and a second passage establishing a communication between the inner fluid tight chamber and an external surface of the input shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignees: Aisin Ai Co., Ltd., Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toru Inoue, Satoshi Munakata
  • Patent number: 7870926
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a front wheel, a rear wheel, an engine, and a jack shaft. The engine is coupled with the rear wheel and the jack shaft. The jack shaft is configured to selectively couple the engine with the front wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Honda Motor Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: David W. Arnold, Michael Bury
  • Patent number: 7163483
    Abstract: A transfer case for a vehicle having front and rear axles includes three input clutches connected to first, second and third members of a planetary gear set. First and second transfer chains are connected to each other and operatively engageable between the planetary gear set and the front and rear axles. At least one of the transfer chains is connected with a member of the planetary gear set. A four wheel drive clutch is operative to selectively connect the front and rear axles. The four wheel drive clutch and three input clutches are selectively engageable to provide three speed ratios and four wheel drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Raymond J. Haka
  • Publication number: 20020027036
    Abstract: A four-wheel vehicle for traveling on an irregular road that is superior in weight balance and traveling stability. A rotating section (radial center line L3) of a torque converter T and a drive shaft (longitudinal center line L2) which transmits a driving force from a transmission mechanism M to front or rear wheels, are distributed right and left in an opposed relationship to each other with respect to a longitudinal center line (L1) of a vehicle body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2001
    Publication date: March 7, 2002
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Hori, Takashi Shichinohe, Hiroshi Ohri
  • Patent number: 6336069
    Abstract: A front and rear wheel load distribution control unit which provides excellent driving operability of a coupled vehicle and improves durability of a driving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2002
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuki Hasegawa, Hitoshi Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 6161642
    Abstract: An attachment structure for free-axle air pumps in differentials positions the free-axle air pump in the dead space behind the front bumper. This simplifies the harness arrangement by removing the free-axle air pump from inside the bonnet, and prevents flying pebbles, water and the like from damaging the free-axle air pump. A rearward extension from the bottom of the front bumper passes below the free-axle air pump to provide additional protection from flying objects and splashing water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Suzuki Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Tsuneaki Imai, Kengo Takagi, Yoshio Kudo, Hiroyuki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 5950750
    Abstract: A drive train arrangement for a motor vehicle that includes a pair of front and rear transfer cases each having a single-input shaft and dual-output shafts for providing drive to a front axle and to a pair of rear axles located in tandem and in which the arrangement is such that the rear transfer case normally provides a full-time four-wheel drive through the tandem axles and the front transfer case is selectively activated to direct power to the front axle so as to provide a full-time six-wheel drive for the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Chrysler Corporation
    Inventors: Leong C. Dong, Nicholas Rosenthal, Mark W. Junis, Thomas R. Carbone
  • Patent number: 5711389
    Abstract: Tandem rear axle assembly for motor vehicles, especially trucks. The tandem rear axle assembly herein does not employ an inter-axle differential. Instead, torque is transmitted from a motor drive shaft to a longitudinally extending through shaft, which may drive a differential for a rearward rear axle. A forward rear axle is selectively engaged or disengaged, as driving conditions require, by a disk-type friction clutch or clutch pack. The clutch pack may be actuated by an actuator assembly which includes sensors for determining the rotational speeds of the two rear axles, and a computer controlled unit or signal generator for generating an output signal when the difference in rotational exceeds a predetermined limit. The output signal actuates, for example, by air pressure, a piston which compresses the clutch pack so as to engage the clutch and thereby transmit torque to both the forward and rearward rear axles simultaneously. The clutch may be manually actuated if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1998
    Assignee: Dana Corporation
    Inventor: Kraig J. Schlosser
  • Patent number: 5649605
    Abstract: A chassis, particularly for carrying a wheelchair with pivotal seat (S), fitted with ground-engaging wheels with at least one driven from a drive device through a drive transmission and with at least one steerably suspended and connected to a steering motor receiving steering signals for steering the chassis bearing while driving from a steering panel comprising steering control devices (STY) is described, whereby all steerably wheels (2R) are drive device driven and steerably suspended each being pivotal about a vertical steering axis (2S, STF) geometrically maintained within or at a vertical plane comprising the wheel axis (2RAKS).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 22, 1997
    Assignee: Gemo 1991 ApS
    Inventors: Gert Steen R.o slashed.nne, Mogens Ilsted Bech
  • Patent number: 5615585
    Abstract: An anti-tangle mechanism includes a first ring element with first tooth elements and a second ring element with second tooth elements which engage with the first tooth elements, a plurality of balls disposed to a top of the first element and an under side of the second ring element, a cap having a first tubular portion for the first ring element mounted thereto and a first flange in which a first groove is defined for receiving the balls of the first ring element, a base having a second tubular portion for the second ring element mounted thereto and a second flange in which a second groove is defined for receiving the balls of the second ring element, the first ring element having a first fixing element extending laterally therefrom for a rear brake cable sheath engaged thereto and the second ring element having a second fixing element extending therefrom for fixedly engaging a distal end of the rear brake cable, an active cable having one end extending through the second tubular portion and being fixed to th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1997
    Inventor: Yi Chen Chi
  • Patent number: 5293950
    Abstract: The invention concerns an off-highway motor vehicle for paraplegic handicapped persons. It comprises a frame (1) whose base (1') has a U shape open towards the front, the paraplegic sitting on his wheelchair (3) being installed between the branches of the frame. The branches of the U are extended by two box plate girders (2) rotary-joined onto the frame and each including two wheels (8). The vehicle comprises a tubular frame (4) cooperating with two shoes (5) for embarking, disembarking, and storing away the wheelchair. The frame and shoes are rotary-joined (B,C) to the frame and interconnected by a rocker bar (6). A kinematic chain transmits the movement of the drive train (7) to four driving wheels (8). The controls of the drive train and of the vehicle are provided on the frame (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 15, 1994
    Inventor: Patrick Marliac
  • Patent number: 4674589
    Abstract: An all-terrain tricycle is disclosed, in which the power-transmission components, including the change speed gears, are all mounted in a single housing. The housing is mounted for up and down suspension pivoting in the vehicle frame. The rear axle runs in bearings in the housing. The arrangement is very robust, yet economical. The suspension-pivot-bearings include spaced co-axial rings welded into the metal tubes of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1987
    Assignee: Ontario Drive and Gear Limited
    Inventor: Szymkowiak, Zbigniew
  • Patent number: 4600074
    Abstract: An all-wheel-drive vehicle having front and rear pairs of wheels drivable by power from an engine and vertically movably suspended from a vehicle body. The vehicle includes a power transmitting mechanism for transmitting the power from an engine output of the engine to one of the axles for the front and rear wheels, a power output unit mounted on said one of the axles, and a power transmission shaft for transmitting the power from the power output unit to the other of the axles of the front and rear wheels. The front and rear wheels are steerable simultaneously by linkage connected therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1984
    Date of Patent: July 15, 1986
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaki Watanabe, Akio Yagasaki, Yoshinori Kawashima
  • Patent number: 4577711
    Abstract: The invention is a tandem wheel suspension which may be utilized on a vehicle to replace a single axle suspension and increase vehicle performance. The single axle suspension can be incorporated into the tandem wheel suspension. Claims are made to the tandem wheel suspension and to a method of replacing a single axle suspension with such tandem wheel suspension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1984
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1986
    Inventor: Claude O. Butler
  • Patent number: 4560018
    Abstract: A drive mechanism is disclosed for rotating a pair of tandem wheel assemblies journalled on a centrally pivoted tandem drive housing. A jointless elastomeric belt extends about the wheel assemblies which are driven by two chains entrained over respective sprockets contained within the tandem drive housing. A planetary gear set is effective to powerably drive both chains with a differential action to minimize the influence of the belt loading upon the chains. The planetary gear set and the sprockets are constructed to deliver a greater torque to the rear wheel assembly than the front wheel assembly through the chains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1985
    Assignee: Caterpillar Tractor Co.
    Inventor: Ronald L. Satzler
  • Patent number: 4463821
    Abstract: A drivable, steerable platform for a lawnmower and the like is disclosed in which a frame member is generally disposed in a frame member plane parallel to the terrain upon which the platform is to travel. Mounted on the frame member are at least three wheel assemblies. Each wheel assembly includes support structure rotatably connected to the frame member such that the support structure may endlessly rotate through an angle of about an axis substantially perpendicular to the frame member plane. A wheel member is rotatably mounted on each support structure such that the wheel members are disposed substantially parallel to each other and substantially perpendicular to the frame member plane. First drive structure is included to drive the wheel members. First steering structure is included to rotate the support structures, the wheel members being endlessly steerable through an angle of
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1982
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1984
    Assignee: Robot Crabtor International
    Inventor: Reza Falamak
  • Patent number: 4407387
    Abstract: A part-time four-wheel drive vehicle has a transfer case and a split axle drive mechanism for the selectively driving two vehicle wheels. The split axle drive mechanism has a clutch associated with one of the differential side gears for preventing back drive to the transfer case in the two-wheel drive mode. A control system for operating the clutch responsive to the operational mode of the transfer case comprises a vacuum motor and a solenoid operated two-way valve energized by way of a switch in the transfer case. The control system also includes a pneumatic time delay and a vacuum check valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1981
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1983
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Brook A. Lindbert
  • Patent number: 4183419
    Abstract: A motor grader is provided with an electrical control circuit for automatically effecting engagement, speed, and direction control of an auxiliary hydrostatic front wheel drive system to augment the primary engine-driven rear wheel drive system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 15, 1980
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: John I. Henn, Donald K. Pfundstein
  • Patent number: 4046210
    Abstract: A drive axle assembly, such as a tandem axle, is provided for transmitting torque from a main drive shaft to at least one of a first drive axle and a second drive axle. An input shaft is driven by the main drive shaft and has a helical gear in fixed engagement therewith, and in driving engagement with the first drive axle. An output shaft is disposed coaxially with the input drive shaft and includes clutch means in fixed engagement with the output shaft. The clutch means includes a set of clutch teeth which, when the clutch means is shifted into operative position, engages a mating set of clutch teeth on the helical gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1975
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1977
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Robert K. Nelson
  • Patent number: RE31981
    Abstract: A part-time four-wheel drive vehicle has a transfer case and a split axle drive mechanism for the selectively driving two vehicle wheels. The slit axle drive mechanism has a clutch associated with one of the differential side gears for preventing back drive to the transfer case in the two-wheel drive mode. A control system for operating the clutch responsive to the operational mode of the transfer case comprises a vacuum motor and a solenoid operated two-way valve energized by way of a switch in the transfer case. The control system also includes a pneumatic time delay and a vacuum check valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1984
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1985
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Brook A. Lindbert