Automobile Repair Or Maintenance Patents (Class 7/100)
  • Patent number: 11186203
    Abstract: A gear unit (G) includes a gear housing (2) with at least one locking component (2.4, 2.4?) for a form and/or force-locking mounting of an electric motor (1) to the gear unit (G). The locking component (2.4, 2.4?) is configured as a circumferential edge or flange collar (5), in which a number of undercuts (2.4.1, 2.4.1?) are incorporated, in which the electric motor (1) can be locked by a form or force-locking connection. The gear housing (2) includes an additional locking unit (4) as an additional radial stop, which locking unit can be pressed into the locking component (2.4) to achieve a locked state. An electric gear motor (GM) includes at least one electric motor (1) and the gear unit (G). The locking component (2.4, 2.4?) can be form and/or force-lockingly connected to the motor locking element (A, A?). A seat (S) includes the electric gear motor (GM).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Keiper Seating Mechanisms Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Andreas Hoffmann, Oliver Kuntz
  • Patent number: 11077834
    Abstract: A hydraulic system that activates and operates a built-in jack system to enable a driver to change their tires without needing to set up a manual jack system, especially in inclement weather or in a poorly known location. The system is made up of four hydraulic jacks located closely to each tire. A hydraulic pump activated and operated from a control panel will enable one or more of the jacks to actuate due to the hydraulic fluid, lifting the vehicle off of the ground high enough to change a tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventor: Hayder Tahir Almawashi
  • Patent number: 10723003
    Abstract: A modular motorcycle tool kit comprising multiple tool drivers and a plurality of attachable tool components said kit being configured to address most motorcycle repair or service needs. Three drivers include apertures and special step-key shank slots to engage and receive a plurality of tool insert bits and fastener tool heads. The fastener tool heads are coupled to unique step-key shanks which are stronger, more robust, and less expensive to manufacture than comparative fastener tool head shanks. The drivers can be used separately or in conjunction with one another depending on the need of the user. The modular motorcycle tool kit is specifically designed and configured to be an invaluable modular motorcycle tool and at the same time occupy very little space on the motorcycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Gordon H. East
  • Patent number: 10363884
    Abstract: A multifunctional vehicle-mounted mobile phone holder is provided with a window glass breaker on a mounting seat. Under the premise of the mobile phone holder able to retain a mobile phone in a car, the mobile phone holder can be used to break the window glass of the car when there is an emergency for the driver or passenger to escape from the car. The mobile phone holder is convenient and practical. The mobile phone holder can reduce the number of car accessories and the space occupied by the car accessories due to the combination of multiple functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventors: Wen Chen, Feng Yu
  • Patent number: 10112293
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a multifunctional tool set which has functions of wrenches and screwdrivers and is easy to carry and includes a plate, a fixing device and screwdrivers with screwdriver heads in different specifications. The plate has a through hole cut therethrough, and first and second stepped portions, wherein the first and second flat portions are formed on an inside wall of the through hole. The stepped portions correspond in position to the flat portions respectively, so as to form the wrench holes with different imperial and metric dimensions. The fixing device has assembly holes cut therethrough and configured for insertion of the screwdrivers, and a lower portion more forwardly protruding than an upper portion thereof for matching with the through hole. Therefore, the fixing device can be mounted into the through hole by a deformation manner and the screwdrivers are positioned in parallel to both sides of the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: KANTAS PRODUCTS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yang-Fu Cheng
  • Patent number: 9943951
    Abstract: Extended adapters for a tool having a shut-off valve assembly used on pressurized refrigeration systems comprises: an extended rod assembly, a 4??L adapter, a 6??L adapter, a 20 degree offset adapter and a 90 degree adapter; the adapters couple the first opening and second opening of shut-off valve assembly; when the 4??L or 6??L extended adapter coupled to second opening of shut-off valve; wherein the extended rod assembly coupled to the adapter and adapted to couple the second opening, the extended rod assembly having a rod adapted to move through the passageway of the extended adapters and the shut-off valve when open, these adapters allow the valve core remover tool to function clear from obstructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventor: Adam Conrado Munguia
  • Patent number: 9857138
    Abstract: A barrel installation assembly is used for easily installing a barrel onto a receiver of a firearm with proper torque and alignment. The barrel installation assembly includes a barrel nut, barrel nut spacers, and a barrel installation tool. The barrel nut is configured to fasten the barrel to the receiver. The barrel nut spacers are configured to be interposed between the barrel nut and the receiver when the barrel is fastened thereto. The barrel installation tool includes a head portion configured to removably engage with the barrel nut, and a handle portion extending from the head portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: WHG Properties, LLC
    Inventor: William H. Geissele
  • Patent number: 9840001
    Abstract: A solid state tool system includes a first solid state tool, a second solid state tool, and a third solid state tool. In a first mode, the first solid state tool, the second solid state tool, and the third solid state tool are coupled to one another in a storage configuration. In a second mode, the first solid state tool is used as a tool by itself. In a third mode, the second solid state tool is used as a tool by itself. In a fourth mode, the third solid state tool is used as a tool by itself. In a fifth mode, the first solid state tool is coupled to the third solid state tool and used as a first combination tool. In a sixth mode, the second solid state tool is coupled to the third solid state tool and used as a second combination tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Fiskars Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Neubauer, Hal Hardinge
  • Patent number: 9784520
    Abstract: A barrel installation assembly is used for easily installing a barrel onto a receiver of a firearm with proper torque and alignment. The barrel installation assembly includes a barrel nut, barrel nut spacers, and a barrel installation tool. The barrel nut is configured to fasten the barrel to the receiver. The barrel nut spacers are configured to be interposed between the barrel nut and the receiver when the barrel is fastened thereto. The barrel installation tool includes a head portion configured to removably engage with the barrel nut, and a handle portion extending from the head portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: WHG Properties, LLC
    Inventor: William H. Geissele
  • Patent number: 9645815
    Abstract: Dynamically recommending changes to an association between an operating system image and an update group includes monitoring a configuration of a deployed copy of a first master operating system (OS) image; detecting a modification in the configuration of the deployed copy; determining that the configuration of the deployed copy with the modification more closely matches a configuration of a second master OS image than a configuration of the first master OS image; in response to determining that the configuration of the deployed copy with the modification more closely matches the configuration of the second master OS image, generating an association recommendation that recommends associating the deployed copy with a second update group of the second master OS image; and associating the deployed copy with the second update group of the second master OS image instead of the first update group of the first master OS image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Albert D. Bennah, Adrian X. Rodriguez, Eric Woods
  • Patent number: 9631889
    Abstract: A barrel installation assembly is used for easily installing a barrel onto a receiver of a firearm with proper torque and alignment. The barrel installation assembly includes a barrel nut, barrel nut spacers, and a barrel installation tool. The barrel nut is configured to fasten the barrel to the receiver. The barrel nut spacers are configured to be interposed between the barrel nut and the receiver when the barrel is fastened thereto. The barrel installation tool includes a head portion configured to removably engage with the barrel nut, and a handle portion extending from the head portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: WHG Properties LLC
    Inventor: William H. Geissele
  • Patent number: 9415490
    Abstract: A mounting structure of a hand tool includes a cylindrical body which has a mounting portion formed on one open end thereof. Multiple protrusions and recesses are formed in the inner periphery of the mounting portion. Each protrusion is connected to each of the adjacent recesses by a first conjunction line. A first face is defined annularly in the mounting portion. A second face is defined in one end of each protrusion. The first face intersects the second faces. The first face is located closer to the open end of the body than the second faces. The first and second face each are an inclined face relative to the open end of the body. The first angle is different from the second angle. A support portion extends from an edge of the first face so as to bear a larger torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventor: Chin-Shun Cheng
  • Patent number: 9003929
    Abstract: An oil filter removal tool and system for the removal and drainage of an oil filter comprising: an oil drain connector, where said connector connects to an oil filter cap of the oil filter; a turn bolt at a distal end of the tool, where said bolt is used to turn the removal tool; a second turn bolt, where the second turn bolt turns counter clockwise to secure the connector to the filter cap; a drain tube provided at the distal end of the tool that inserts onto a drain plug; a body portion, where the body portion secures around the oil filter and surrounds the oil drain connector; and notches, where said notches are provided around a perimeter edge of the body portion of the removal tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Gervacio Laurel
  • Publication number: 20150074915
    Abstract: A multi-purpose hitch tool includes a removal device that is coupled with a first end of an elongated handle. The removal device is configured to remove a cotter pin from a hitch pin or to strike the hitch pin out of engagement with a hitch receiver. A brush assembly is coupled with a second end of the elongated handle and is configured to remove debris from an interior cavity of the hitch receiver. The brush assembly includes a first bristle array that is configured to scrape the debris from the interior cavity. A second bristle array is disposed over an opposite lateral side of the elongated handle from the first bristle array. The second bristle array is less rigid than the first bristle array and is configured to bend against an interior surface within the interior cavity to bias the first bristle array against an opposite interior surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Joseph Goddard
  • Patent number: 8938832
    Abstract: A wheel weight tool includes a handle connected to a hammer head on a first end and having a first hook on a second end. The first hook may be adapted for removing a wheel weight. The hammer head has a soft end and a hard end. The hard end may include a second hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: U.W.T. Inc.
    Inventors: Russell B. Barnhart, Kim M. Barnhart
  • Publication number: 20140359949
    Abstract: A tire service hammer includes a handle portion and a head portion having a sledge portion, a wedge portion, and a body portion connecting the sledge portion and the wedge portion, wherein the wedge portion includes a bead breaking wedge and a hook extension. A method of manufacturing a tire service hammer includes providing a handle portion and providing a head portion that includes a sledge portion, a wedge portion, and a body portion connecting the sledge portion and the wedge portion, wherein the wedge portion includes a bead breaking wedge and a hook extension. A tire servicing system for repositioning a wheel having a tire mounted on a rim includes a first grasping portion for securing a portion of the rim while repositioning the wheel, and a breaking portion for breaking a tire bead formed between the tire and the rim.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: SERVICE SOLUTIONS U.S. LLC
    Inventors: Robert KOCHIE, Robert JENSEN, Michael WHITE
  • Patent number: 8881329
    Abstract: Apparatus for installing and removing road wheels from a motor vehicle, which may include a powered jack permanently mountable to the vehicle and a powered tool for tightening and loosening lug nuts and screws. The jack is an assembly incorporating two screw operated jacks, each for lifting one corner of the vehicle. The jack may include a manual controller having a power cord which is inserted into the cigarette lighter socket of the vehicle and which selectively operates any of up to four screw operated jacks. The powered tool may include plural sockets for engaging all lug nuts and screws simultaneously. The jack and powered tool may each have respective power cords which are insertable into the cigarette lighter socket or alternatively into a power port of the manual controller. The invention may comprise a kit including one or more jacks, the powered tool and optionally a jack stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Dibu Wolde
  • Patent number: 8869330
    Abstract: An automotive tool for servicing air-conditioning (AC) systems equipped with quick-connect adaptors. May be used to service modern refrigerant R132A-compatible systems or retrofitted older systems. The tool is adapted for attaching, detaching, opening, and closing valved T-adaptors used to attach gas lines and pressure gauges such as required for adjusting pressure in AC systems at full operational pressure and temperature, and particularly finds use when the “hi-tap” and “lo-tap” fittings are in hard to reach places around the engine block or chassis. The tool includes swappable extension arms so that length and angular geometry may be adjusted as needed. The tool aids in avoiding injury on dangerously hot surfaces and moving fan blades or belts. Surprisingly, using two such tools, one for the high tap and one for the low tap, a mechanic may work each tool singlehandedly to complete any necessary pressure adjustments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Jerold H Arvisais
  • Publication number: 20140283310
    Abstract: Apparatus for installing and removing road wheels from a motor vehicle, which may include a powered jack permanently mountable to the vehicle and a powered tool for tightening and loosening lug nuts and screws. The jack is an assembly incorporating two screw operated jacks, each for lifting one corner of the vehicle. The jack may include a manual controller having a power cord which is inserted into the cigarette lighter socket of the vehicle and which selectively operates any of up to four screw operated jacks. The powered tool may include plural sockets for engaging all lug nuts and screws simultaneously. The jack and powered tool may each have respective power cords which are insertable into the cigarette lighter socket or alternatively into a power port of the manual controller. The invention may comprise a kit including one or more jacks, the powered tool and optionally a jack stand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Dibu Wolde
  • Publication number: 20140259436
    Abstract: A rebuild tool for a motorcycle fuel tank quick connect fuel tank fitting has a mandrel tool with at least one post extending from a body portion. The post has an internal bore and an axial groove. A generally cylindrical bushing has an internal bore enabling the bushing to be disposed on the at least one post. The bushing forms an axial slit. At least one O-ring capture hook may be installed onto the mandrel tool within the axial groove and locked into place by rotating the bushing on the post. The assembled mandrel tool including the bushing and the O-ring hook is dimensioned to be inserted into the fuel tank fitting for removing at least one of the O-rings. A sleeve element has a bore enabling the sleeve element to be disposed on the post, and a stem element has an enlarged head and a reduced diameter stem section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: McAvey Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: Michael McAvey
  • Patent number: 8800408
    Abstract: The invention includes a tool system for extracting watch bezels, including a holding body arranged for cooperating with an expansion and retraction mechanism for operating a bell-chuck which is arranged to rest on the periphery of a bezel mounted on the middle part of a watch. The tool system includes thrust means, coaxially mounted inside the bell-chuck and arranged to rest on a crystal driven into the middle part, to exert on the crystal a sufficient thrust force to cause a relative displacement of the bell-chuck relative to the crystal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Omega S.A.
    Inventor: Olivier Ermenault
  • Patent number: 8789225
    Abstract: Apparatus, devices, methods and systems corresponding to one or more embodiments relating to a jack handle for operation of a vehicle jack is described herein. In one embodiment, a two-piece jack is described. A first piece may include a handle and a first interlock portion. A second piece may include a jack mating portion, a second interlock portion for engagement with the first interlock portion of the first piece and a stopper for preventing the first piece and second piece from becoming disengaged during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Chad E. Anderson, Jay L. Sackett, Masaaki Tanaka, Christian A. Trager, Christopher M. Higgins
  • Patent number: 8651134
    Abstract: A draining tool useful for controlled draining of a fluid container, such as a threaded spin-on type oil filter. The draining tool includes a piercing pin having a tapered point, striking head, resilient spring, resilient spring retainer assembly, and piercing pin retainer assembly. The draining tool includes a central block having an axial bore housing the piercing pin, and an internal chamber having a channel permitting drainage of fluid from the internal chamber. One end of the central block provides an attachment assembly suitable for holding the tool against the fluid container allowing the fluid container to be pierced by the piercing pin and the internal chamber to receive fluid flowing from the fluid container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Brian Kurtz
  • Patent number: 8601914
    Abstract: An adapter for a socket wrench includes a shaft with two socket drivers disposed along the shaft. Each of the socket drivers can, independent from one another, rotate around the shaft and slide along the shaft in either direction. There are two stops at each end of the shaft to prevent the socket drivers from falling off the shaft. The socket drivers can be attached to a variety of different socket accessories and sockets so that torque applied to one of the socket drivers can be multiplied and exerted at the end of the other socket driver. One particular embodiment includes a shaft and pedal that aids a person in correctly and easily tightening or loosening lug nuts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: Anthony Miller
  • Patent number: 8539862
    Abstract: A buckle release tool includes a housing element having a convex back surface ergonomically sized to conform to a human hand and a tool element. The housing element includes a rounded perimeter surface having several shallow slots. A tool element dome is provided on the front surface. The tool element dome includes a soft plastic tip surface. A seat belt cutter and a window hammer are housed in an embodiment of buckle release tool. A separate, storage element for the buckle release tool is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: MiiG Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Marlene G. Robinson
  • Publication number: 20130145561
    Abstract: An emergency actuating tool for at least one equipment component which is specific to a vehicle with a movable roof arrangement, has at least one tool head for the equipment component, which tool head has an actuating element. For an alternative embodiment of the emergency actuating tool, it is provided that the emergency actuating tool has, moreover, at least one second tool head which has a second actuating element, that the emergency actuating tool is configured in multiple pieces, such that it can be assembled and at least partially dismantled, and that a third tool head with a third actuating element can be exposed by the dismantling of the emergency actuating tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
  • Publication number: 20130031727
    Abstract: A multifunctional lug wrench according to the present invention is a device that can be used to efficiently open the lugs of car wheels with less force required by the operator by utilizing a built-in ratchet. A super bright LED bulb is mounted on the wrench near the built-in ratchet so that it can illuminate the entire wheel while changing the wheel in the dark, giving the operator the advantage of opening the wheel lug quicker and without any hassle to hold a flashlight. This innovative product can also be used as a flashlight, a tire thumper and a self-defense tool. Variously sized sockets and extension pieces can be stored directly in the device's body, preventing individuals from having to search for the proper sockets in a tool box, garage, or glove compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventor: Khurram Alexander Raza
  • Patent number: 8365331
    Abstract: The auto powered jack apparatus provides for selective telescopic extension of the jack shaft. The telescopic jack is especially useful for lifting an auto. The jack is in removable communication with either the air compressor or the electrical inverter, both powered by a cigar lighter plug removably fitted into a cigar lighter. The apparatus also provides for wrenching any given object with the powered handgun shaped wrench. The jack is omni directionally operated so that objects may be separated as chosen and other functions performed with the jack. The inverter converts 12 volt auto power to 120 volt electrical power so that the wrench and jack are able to operate with sufficient power to lift a car and to remove and replace highly torqued auto items such as wheel lug nuts, as compared to 12 volt wrench and jack operations that are typically woefully inadequate when faced with laborious tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: John D. Young
  • Patent number: 8359690
    Abstract: A tire changing system for use on a vehicle having a frame and four wheel wells formed above corresponding wheels includes a jack movable between lowered and raised configurations and an impact wrench configured to move the jack therebetween when actuated. The system includes an air compressor and air storage tank. An elongate primary hose is connected to the storage tank and extends along the vehicle frame, the primary hose having a plurality of outlet ports situated adjacent to respective vehicle wheel wells. A secondary hose includes a first end selectively coupled to a respective outlet port and a second end selectively connected to the impact wrench such that the impact wrench receives air flow from the storage tank. With a connection to the storage tank, the impact wrench may be used to remove lug nuts from a respective vehicle wheel and operate the jack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventor: Willie L. Williams
  • Patent number: 8286535
    Abstract: A wrench for handling a fastener, involving an elongated member with a proximal end and a distal end, a step pad being disposed proximate the elongated member proximal end and for providing additional torque, and an adapter being disposed proximate the elongated member distal end. The adapter may include an element, such as a socket member and a ratchet member. The elongated member distal end may include a tool member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Andrew McCartney
  • Publication number: 20120060297
    Abstract: A multi-purpose tool for removing and attaching vehicle wheels. The tool comprises parts, which may be combined to make components. In a first aspect of the invention the lifting component comprises a handle and a base plate, which may be used to lift, lower, position and transport a wheel; one variant of the base plate having a wheel or roller. In a second aspect of the invention a tool for removing and replacing a hubcap is made from a portion of the handle. In a third aspect of the invention a lug removal component is either provided as a novel lug wrench or may be made from the novel lug wrench combined with a portion of the handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventors: Linda Hoover, Kenneth R. Westcott
  • Patent number: 8112837
    Abstract: A vehicular wheel changing assembly, consisting of a case assembly housing a transformer. The transformer has electrical connections to at least first and second electrical connectors. The case assembly also houses a cable connector that supplies power to the transformer. The cable connector extends from the one circuit of a vehicle to the first electrical connector. An electrical power gun has an electrical cord having a plug that inserts into the second electrical connector. The electrical power gun further comprises a socket assembly having a plurality of sockets that each mount thereon. At least one of the plurality of different sized sockets is of a cooperative size to fit onto lug nuts of a vehicle wheel assembly. A jack assembly has lifting means to lift a vehicle, whereby the jack assembly has a cooperative head to receive at least one of the plurality of different sized sockets thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Inventor: Jose A. Lopez
  • Publication number: 20110314614
    Abstract: A wheel weight tool includes a handle connected to a hammer head on a first end and having a first hook on a second end. The first hook may be adapted for removing a wheel weight. The hammer head has a soft end and a hard end. The hard end may include a second hook.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Inventors: Russell B. Barnhart, Kim M. Barnhart
  • Publication number: 20110167566
    Abstract: A combined car jack and lug wrench assembly is provided that includes a driving lever configured to be used both to engage a driving head for operating a hydraulic system of the car jack and to be used as a spanner of a lug wrench assembly. The assembly can include a car jack body, a socket storage assembly disposed on the body for housing wrench sockets, and a lever storage assembly disposed on a sidewall of the body configured to secure the driving lever along a sidewall of the body, when not in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: Test Rite Products Corporation
    Inventors: Judy Lee, Tony Ho, Ting-Hsien Wang
  • Publication number: 20110154577
    Abstract: An improved tire repair tool having a pair of pliers, with integrated cutters, a rasp for cleaning a tire puncture, a tool for inserting a cylindrical tire plug, and a means to store tire plugs within the assembly. The nominally channel shaped handles of the pliers have first and second ends. The first end of the handles are pivotally mounted to a pair of plier jaws which can be used to remove debris from a tire. The rasp and the means for inserting tire plugs are pivotally mounted to to the second end of one of the handles and can be moved between a stowed position and open position. The rasp and tool for inserting tire plugs are lockable in the stowed and open position in such a way to allow the rasp and insertion tool to rotate into a deployed position where they can be used. The second handle contains a means to store tire plugs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventor: Cormac Eubanks
  • Publication number: 20110113563
    Abstract: The first embodiment of the discloser presents herein is a power-assisted tire changing kit that is comprised of a commercially available 12-volt electric impact wrench, three impact wrench adapters that mate the electric impact wrench to three scissors jack designs, and a set of lug nuts sockets that match the electric impact wrench with various size lug nuts. A pair of gloves and a soft case that holds the other components complete the embodiment. Other embodiments are presented that have different or additional accessories, or are customized to a specific vehicle model.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventor: Anthony A. Gabb
  • Publication number: 20110072592
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an auto body tool for the removal of quarter panels. The auto body tool includes a shank, a chisel and a shoulder against which hammering forces can be applied. The shoulder includes a flat beating surface and a slanted surface that together form a right triangle with the shank. The chisel extends at an angle from the shank to provide ease of access to the proper location against which prying and hammering forces can be applied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Inventor: John K. Toth
  • Publication number: 20110048351
    Abstract: An adjustable camshaft sprocket assembly includes a hub and a sprocket body secured to the hub. A stud-receiving opening is defined in one of the hub flange and the sprocket body, and a tool-receiving opening is defined in the other of the hub flange and the sprocket body. The tool-receiving opening is aligned with the stud-receiving opening and is adapted to receive a body portion of an adjustment tool, and the stud-receiving opening is adapted to receive an eccentric stud of the adjustment tool. Either the stud-receiving opening or the tool-receiving opening is elongated. Rotation of the adjustment tool when its body is located in the tool-receiving opening and its eccentric stud is located in the stud-receiving opening causes relative angular movement between the hub and the sprocket body. One or more fasteners are used to immovably secure the sprocket body to the hub after adjustment. A tool includes cylindrical base, a driving head, and an eccentric stud.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventor: Timothy R. Allen
  • Publication number: 20110047711
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a fastener tool (101, 102) for fastening a transmission shaft (1), the tool being arranged at a free end (2, 3) of the transmission shaft (1), and also to a balancing bench (B) including the fastener tool (101, 102). The fastener tool is provided with centering elements (110, 110?) for centering the transmission shaft (1), which centering elements are deformable by centrifugal forces so as to come into contact with the transmission shaft as from a determined speed of rotation of the fastener tool (101, 102) about its axis of rotation (AX).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Applicant: EUROCOPTER
    Inventors: Lucien Mistral, Philippe Hollier-Larousse
  • Publication number: 20100139009
    Abstract: A vehicle visor measuring and cutting apparatus generally comprised of a measuring component, an implement holder, a handle, and a contour guide. The adjustable implement holder is positioned along a portion of window film on a windshield relative to the contour guide, which juxtaposes the windshield molding, and is moved across the windshield, measuring or cutting a portion of window film to the desired dimensions and compensating for any contours and arcs in the windshield.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2008
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Inventor: Juan Manual Cruz
  • Publication number: 20090300847
    Abstract: The present invention is an automobile windshield installation device, two of which can be operated by a single operator to install or dismantle a windshield by two sucking discs in a DIY way. A single installation device includes a main rod, two extension tubes, an extension rod, three positioning seats, a branch tube and a grip device. A lower end of the main rod can be provided with a stand to support the installation device, the extension tubes and the extension rod can ascend or descend depending on practical needs, and the sucking disc at a side of the grip device can attach the windshield.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Inventor: Yi-Chang Chan
  • Publication number: 20090260487
    Abstract: A tire-patching tool and its patching method includes a pneumatic tool for producing a rotation force with a preset rotating speed, and a tire-patching needle with a tire seal strip assembled on the pneumatic tool to be driven into a broken hole of a tire. In using, the pneumatic tool is started to transmit a rotation force to the tire-patching needle so that the tire-patching needle can be vertically driven into the tire in the direction of the broken hole to let the tire seal strip stuck in the broken hole of the tire, and then remove out the tire-patching needle to finish tire patching work. By the pneumatic tool driving the tire-patching needle to produce a rotation force, the tire seal strip can quickly and accurately be stuck in the broken hole of the tire, saving time and labor in carrying out tire patching work.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2008
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Applicant: MASTER AIR TOOL CORP.
    Inventor: Nan-Shin Wang
  • Publication number: 20090165272
    Abstract: Present invention provides a tool for packing and setting a clutch assembly. The tool has a pair of arms and a connecting member. The pair of arms has a length, a width and a height and are substantially parallel to each other. The arms are connected at one end to the connecting member. The arms are adaptable to be placed in between a bearing cage and a cover of the clutch assembly wherein the height of the arms is so configured to keep different components of the clutch assembly in position when the clutch assembly is not installed in a vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Applicant: CLUTCH AUTO LIMITED
    Inventors: Vijay Krishan MEHTA, Sanju PRASAD, Ram Phal Singh DALAL
  • Publication number: 20090139035
    Abstract: A removing tool for car-window edge strips includes a grip, a linking rod, a protective disc and a tool set. The protective disc is positioned between the grip and the linking rod, and the linking rod has a flat insert groove diametrically formed vertically for the tool set to insert therein and kept tight by screws. The protective disc can protect hands of a user from getting hurt during removing operation. The flat insert groove of the linking rod can be used for combining different tool sets for removing car-window edge strips and dried glue attached with the edge strips with convenience and quickness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Inventor: Hsin Fa Kang
  • Publication number: 20090056032
    Abstract: An engine turning device for use in rotating the crankshaft of an engine. The device has a first structure on a first side used when coupling the device to an engine employing a harmonic balancer and a second structure on a second side used when coupling the device to an engine that does not have a harmonic balancer or if the harmonic balancer has been removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2007
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Inventor: David M. Salanda
  • Publication number: 20090049618
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for installing a piston and connecting rod assembly in a cylinder of an engine block includes a frame, an installation rod and a guide defining a channel complementary to the rod. The frame is disposed about an opening at the bottom of the engine block and the guide is positioned on the frame in alignment with a cylinder. The installation rod is coupled to the connecting rod and the rod and the piston and connecting rod assembly are slid into the cylinder. The installation rod is received within the guide channel and maintains the connecting rod perpendicular to the crankshaft and away from the cylinder wall. As the connecting rod moves toward the crankshaft, the guide and rod move the connecting rod into proper alignment and contact with the crankshaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2007
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Inventors: Brent Kemmer, Marc L. Huffman, Scott M. Kociba, Christopher W. Zwolensky, Quintin A. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20090038081
    Abstract: A tool kit is provided to be stored in a vehicle to enable an operator in emergency situations to effect minor repairs, for example, to change a flat tire. The tool kit includes: a lug wrench, an extension, and a hook driver. The tools are used together to form three configurations. The first configuration being configured to activate a winch mechanism to raise and lower a tire mounted underneath a vehicle. The second configuration being configured to activate a portable jack. The third configuration being configured to grasp and retrieve the lowered spare tire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2007
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Applicant: Ventra Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Roy A. Berton, Dragos N. Neculau
  • Publication number: 20080295253
    Abstract: A multi-purpose tool for removing and attaching vehicle wheels. The tool comprises parts, which may be combined to make components. In a first aspect of the invention the lifting component comprises a handle and a base plate, which may be used to lift, lower, position and transport a wheel; one variant of the base plate having a wheel or roller. In a second aspect of the invention a tool for removing and replacing a hubcap is made from a portion of the handle. In a third aspect of the invention a lug removal component is either provided as a novel lug wrench or may be made from the novel lug wrench combined with a portion of the handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventors: Linda K. Hoover, Kenneth R. Westcott
  • Patent number: 7458298
    Abstract: An implement including a first tool having a first tool end in the form of a pig tail. The first tool includes an inwardly extending tab. A second tool is adjacent the first tool and has a second tool end adapted to receive a pin and includes a curved finger carried by the second tool end. A third tool is adjacent the second tool and has a third tool end which includes a sliding surface. A fourth tool is adjacent the third tool and has a fourth tool end which provides a ribbed interior surface adapted to engage a cap. Each tool is pivotally connected to a cylindrical retaining means, the tab selectively engaging the third tool, wherein when the tab engages the third tool, relative rotation is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Mayhew Steel Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger Kliskey
  • Patent number: 7401415
    Abstract: A measurement tool for determining a position of a pinion gear in a differential assembly includes a mounting member configured to contact an end face of the pinion gear and an elongated arm member extending outwardly from the mounting member. The arm member has an arm portion configured to overlie one of the bearing seats of the differential assembly and an aperture formed in the arm member configured to receive a measurement gage therethrough. The measurement gage is used to measure a distance between a surface of the bearing seat and a reference surface of the arm member from which the position or “pinion depth” of pinion gear can be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: RATECH
    Inventor: John V. Musuraca