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Tow hitch rear bumper assembly
A tow hitch rear bumper assembly for a motor vehicle includes a rear bumper for attachment to a frame of the motor vehicle and a tow hitch extending through and...
Method for starting an engine in a parallel hybrid electric vehicle
The invention provides a strategy to start a parallel HEV powertrain engine while maintaining a smooth vehicle response to driver demand using the motor while...
Hydrocarbon vapor evacuation system
A vapor evacuation system that is used to intermittently remove hydrocarbon vapors from vehicle components to an available vapor storage canister using an...
Method and apparatus for superplastic forming
The present invention provides a method and apparatus for forming a sheet of ductile material by superplastic forming. Excessive wrinkling is prevented in the...
Engine catalyst monitor
A method for determining a condition of a catalyst disposed in an exhaust of an engine. The method includes sensing a common property of both the exhaust...
High efficiency fuel cell and battery for a hybrid powertrain
This invention provides a new method and system to control strategies of a combined fuel cell and battery pack power system to produce an efficient and...
System and method for evaluating automotive vehicle oil deterioration
A method and system is provided for evaluating the chemical deterioration of automotive engine oil over time. A change in oil quantity is detected and measured...
Pulsed charge starter/alternator control system
A system and method of charging an energy storage device in a vehicle including an engine coupled to a combined starter/alternator and an energy storage device...
Vehicle roof structure
A vehicle roof structure including a front header, a pillar support member, a side roof rail, and a roof rail outer front member. The front header has a...
Fuel injection arrangement
The invention relates to a fuel injection arrangement for the cylinder of an internal combustion engine, containing a fuel injector mounted on the cylinder head...
Method and apparatus for analyzing a drivetrain assembly
A method and an apparatus 10 for determining or identifying the torsional modes of a portion of a vehicle 12, such as a drivetrain assembly including a...
System and method of reducing unexpended warranty costs
The present invention involves a system and method of reducing allocated vehicle warranty costs from a stored historical repair database of repairs wherein the...
Pressure control system and control method for a multiple-ratio
transmission with pre-staged ratio shifts
A modular electronic control system for a geared multiple-ratio transmission wherein pressure profiles for each ratio shift actuator are used to provide seamless...
Traction-drive, continuously variable transmission
An infinitely variable traction drive variator comprising at least one pair of toroidal discs with torque-transmitting traction rollers situated between the...
Handle with unidirectional counterweight
A motor vehicle door handle assembly combining the use of a counterweight to preclude inadvertent opening movement of the door in a side impact scenario and the...
Method for controlling an engine utilizing vehicle position
A method is provided for controlling an internal combustion engine in a vehicle. The method includes adjusting a fuel injection amount during engine crank based...
Characterization of environmental and machinery induced vibration
A method that simultaneously monitors and captures vibration acceleration signals at locations comprising at least one site sourcing environmental excitations...
Method and apparatus for measuring a gaseous component emanating from a
A system and method is disclosed for measuring mass of hydrocarbons from point source contributions to overall hydrocarbon emissions from an automotive vehicle...
Apparatus and method for interrupting regeneration of a particulate filter
in a diesel engine
The invention relates to a method for interrupting the regeneration of a particulate filter in the exhaust gas system of a diesel engine to protect the filter...
NOx purge air/fuel ratio selection
A method for improving a purge conversion efficiency of a Lean NOx Trap coupled downstream of a lean-burn internal combustion engine is presented. This method...
Permanent magnet degradation monitoring for hybrid and electric vehicles
A method and apparatus are provided for detecting the degradation of a permanent magnet in a motor of an electric or hybrid electric vehicle. A voltage monitor...
Window sash construction and method and apparatus for manufacture thereof
A homogeneous sash or fenestration unit is shown which may be made of a wide variety of materials, and holds a first and a second pane of glazing material in a...
Electromechanical valve actuator with air piston to aid in soft landing
An electromagnetic actuator 10 for opening and closing a cylinder valve 14. The actuator includes an opening coil 20, a closing coil 22, a magnetic armature 26...
Exhaust system hanger isolator
An exhaust system hanger isolator supports exhaust system components on a vehicle in a manner to reduce noise and vibration. The isolator includes a bracket...
System for controlling air-fuel ratio during intake control device
A method and system for controlling the fuel mass to be delivered to an individual cylinder of an internal combustion engine during engine transients caused by...
Injection pressure sensor sealing mechanism
An injection pressure sensor (10) intended for use with a fluid source (12). The injection pressure sensor (10) has a sensor element (14) in communication with...
Oil pressure diagnostic strategy for a hybrid electric vehicle
A diagnostic system for controlling an engine low oil pressure indicator in a hybrid electric vehicle includes a powertrain having an engine and an electric...
Three-way rare earth oxide catalyst
The invention is a method of manufacturing a three-way catalyst and the catalyst as well as its use for treating exhaust gas generated by a gasoline internal...
Expandable, redeployable automotive headrest
An active, resettable head restraint system includes a collision prediction system for detecting objects approaching the vehicle from the rear, a pressure tank...
Active armrest for side impact protection
A motor vehicle occupant protection system features an upper panel of an armrest is maintained in an arm supporting position during normal vehicle operation, and...
Variable compression ratio pistons and connecting rods
Various embodiments (20; 50; 50; 120) of variable length piston and connecting rod assemblies for imparting a variable compression ratio to an internal...
Cylinder air charge estimate
A method for obtaining an accurate cylinder air-charge estimate is presented. First, a sensor-based powertrain torque estimate is obtained. Next, a torque...
System and method for controlling an automatic four-wheel drive transfer
case which prevents excessive slippage
A method and system 10 for controlling a transfer case 32 of a four-wheel drive vehicle 12. The vehicle 12 includes a front driveshaft 22 and a rear driveshaft...
System and method for detecting an air leak in an exhaust system coupled to
A system and method for detecting an air leak within an exhaust system is provided. The method includes measuring an exhaust gas constituent in exhaust gases...
Method for rapid catalyst heating
A method is disclosed for controlling operation of an engine coupled to an exhaust treatment catalyst. Under predetermined conditions, the method operates an...
Control method for turbocharged diesel engine aftertreatment system
A method of controlling an exhaust gas aftertreatment system in a compression ignition engine having a power-assisted turbocharger coupled to a power source. The...
A crushable windshield wiper pivot is provided. The crushable wiper pivot includes a pivot base, a hollow sleeve, and a cap. The pivot base is driven by a...
Fueling control system
A method for controlling air-fuel ratio of an engine coupled to an emission control device uses an upstream linear exhaust gas sensor and a switching downstream...
Angular position sensor for vehicle suspension
A rotary position sensing assembly (10) includes a sensor (12) that monitors angular position, and which is fixedly attached to a first member (14), and a first...
Method and system for self-calibration of an induction machine drive
A method and system for estimating slip gain for use in the control of torque in a multi-phase induction machine. The slip gain estimate is based on a transient...
Pressure releasable vehicle pedal assembly
A releasable brake pedal system 10 for a vehicle includes a pedal assembly 12 operatively engageable by the driver of the vehicle and a hydraulic actuator...
Method and system for operating a direct injection spark internal
combustion engine having variable compression...
A method of operating a variable compression, direct injection spark ignited internal combustion engine includes the steps of determining a demanded torque...
System and method for monitoring a conditioning catalyst
A system and method for monitoring a conditioning catalyst positioned upstream of an oxygen sensor used for feedback control of an internal combustion engine...
Method for determining joint stiffness degradation
A method of determining joint stiffness degradation in structure 10 is provided including a first exciting of the structure 18, a first measuring of transfer...
Method for the treatment of urinary incontinence
Urinary incontinence is alleviated in a mammal by administering to the mammal a urinary incontinence alleviating amount of dextromethorphan, dextrorphan, their...
Coupling assembly and a method for accelerating a vehicle and operating a
transmission utilizing the coupling...
A coupling assembly 10 which selectively causes a primary mass or flywheel 20 be engaged or be coupled to a crankshaft 18 as a transmission gear assembly 23...
Vehicle air bag deployment system and method
A method of adjusting air bag deployment in a vehicle having a seat adjustable along a seat track and an adjustable pedal includes sensing the adjusted position...
Automotive washer system with a purge apparatus and a method therefore
A washer system and a method are provided for purging the washer liquids contained within a washer system. A first reservoir 21 containing a freezable washer...
Charge air management system for automotive engine
A charge air management system for an automotive engine provides air charge densification and cooling during periods of operation at higher load. Two air ducts...
Torque control method and system in an engine with a fully variable intake
A system and a method to control torque during a mode transition in an internal combustion engine with a fully variable intake valve is disclosed. The mode...