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US-6,516,778 Engine airflow control
A method for controlling a powertrain of a vehicle adjusts a minimum allowed airflow based on operating conditions. Specifically, when conditions of engine speed...
US-6,516,770 Balance shaft and alternator assembly for an automotive vehicle
An engine block 10 of an engine 11 has an imbalance therein. The engine 11 is balanced by a balance shaft alternator assembly 20 having a balance shaft 24 that...
US-6,516,615 Hydrogen engine apparatus with energy recovery
A system for an automobile has a compressed fuel source (14) having a first fuel pressure. An expansion device (26) is coupled to the compressed fuel source (14)...
US-6,516,253 Engine ready detection using crankshaft speed feedback
The present invention provides a method and system for determining "engine on" status in a Hybrid Electric Vehicle. A controller determines the engine is...
US-6,513,882 Braking assembly
A brake assembly 12 for use within an electric vehicle 10 and which allows the vehicle 10 to be selectively decelerated in substantially the same manner as is an...
US-6,513,860 Method and apparatus for forming a three piece tailor welded door blank
A three-piece tailor welded blank vehicle door structure includes a periphery defined by a bottom portion, a pair of opposing side portions, a top portion, and...
US-6,513,843 Pedestrian protection leg spoiler
A bumper system for reducing injury to a pedestrian struck by an automotive vehicle by lessening the likelihood of pedestrian knee joint damage or underbody...
US-6,513,567 Method of making a spray formed rapid tool
A method of making a spray formed rapid tool includes the steps of making a model of a desired tool and constructing a ceramic pattern as the inverse of the...
US-6,513,493 Control strategy for an engine with a hybrid valvetrain
A system and a method to control air flow during a transition in an internal combustion engine, in which intake valves are operated by more than one type of...
US-6,513,484 Boosted direct injection stratified charge gasoline engines
An arrangement of a four cycle internal combustion engine 7 is provided. In the preferred embodiment the engine 7 has a plurality of combustion chambers 18...
US-D469,724 Gear shift lever
US-6,512,972 Torque distribution on four wheel drive vehicles
A four wheel drive vehicle, which has an automatic four wheel drive mode, includes a trailer tow detection strategy. If a trailer tow situation is encountered...
US-6,511,397 Method and apparatus for controlling a transfer case which reacts to rate of change of throttle position
A transfer case control system or apparatus 10 is provided for use on a four-wheel drive vehicle of the type having a transfer case 32, a front driveshaft 22 and...
US-6,511,310 Injection molding method and apparatus with improved clamping unit
An improved method and apparatus for injection molding is shown which utilizes an injection molding or plasticizing unit in combination with a novel detachable...
US-6,510,822 Crankshaft for a reciprocating internal combustion engine
The invention relates to a crankshaft for a reciprocating internal combustion engine, with the crankshaft having a crankpin (11) with an eccentric sleeve (10),...
US-6,510,746 Gas flow measurement
A method for approximating compressible flow is described that is applicable across any pressure range of interest uses upstream and downstream pressure. The...
US-6,510,355 Method for paint repair in a reduced retooling cost system
A method for reducing retooling costs, particularly relative to painting processes for vehicles. The method includes dividing the order into groups based on...
US-6,509,711 Digital rotor flux observer
A system (10) for controlling the torque of an induction motor (12) utilizes a flux observer (14). The flux observer (14) receives stator current inputs (16, 18)...
US-6,508,346 Torque converter assembly
A torque converter assembly 10 includes a clutch assembly 36 having a sealed chamber 39 into which oil is selectively communicated, effective to cause a piston...
US-6,508,337 Progressively engaging clutch
A clutch assembly having multiple separator plates and friction plates. The separator plates include springs for causing sequential engagement of the friction...
US-6,508,265 Dual fuel tank system with single fuel nozzle
A dual fuel tank (10) including first fuel tank (12) and a second fuel tank (14). A single fuel hose (16) allows fuel to enter the first fuel tank (12) from an...
US-6,507,974 Dust collector
A dust collector includes a main frame, a suction device, a hollow support member, upper and lower dust collecting bags, and a plurality of clamping plates. The...
US-6,507,472 Transmission control circuit
A transmission control circuit 10 which is adapted for use with an electronically controlled transmission having several transmission control solenoids 12, 14...
US-6,506,141 Torque-based shift scheduling during traction control for an automotive vehicle
A method for controlling the capacity of friction clutches and brakes in a multiple-ratio vehicle transmission and for simultaneously establishing ratio shift...
US-6,506,140 Control for vehicle with torque converter
A vehicle control system is described for controlling a torque converter coupled to an engine. The controller engages the torque converter before negative...
US-6,505,598 Connecting rod assembly for internal combustion engine
A connecting rod assembly for a reciprocating internal combustion engine includes a beam portion having a first end for receiving wrist pin attached to a piston...
US-6,505,590 Desmodromic valve designs for improved operation smoothness, stability and package space
A desmodromic drive (30) for imparting reciprocal translation to a valve (32) has a cam ring (52) that rotates about an axis (42), a follower (50) that...
US-D468,674 Vehicle hitch cover assembly
US-6,505,118 Navigation system for land vehicles that learns and incorporates preferred navigation routes
An adaptive navigation system for a land vehicle is provided that incorporates learned segments of preferred routes into adaptive calculated routes. The...
US-6,502,848 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 integrated with the...
US-6,502,653 Multi-functional radiator support assembly
A multi-functional radiator support assembly is provided for a motor vehicle. The multi-functional radiator support assembly includes a radiator support being...
US-6,502,550 Gaseous fueled engine system and method
An ignition and fuel control system 10 of a vehicle 18 is provided including a controller 22. The controller 22 is electrically coupled to an ignition system 14,...
US-6,502,387 Method and system for controlling storage and release of exhaust gas constituents in an emission control device
A method and system are provided for adaptive control of a purge time and a fill time for an emission control device used to reduce emission of a selected...
US-6,502,386 Catalyst monitoring in a diesel engine
A carbon monoxide sensor placed downstream of the catalytic converter and a temperature sensor placed upstream of the converter in a diesel engine provide...
US-6,502,059 Method of determining waveform stability for pulse echo layer thickness transducer
A method is provided of determining waveform stability of a pulse echo layer transducer (PELT) used for measuring paint film thickness of painted bodies. The...
US-6,502,034 Method and apparatus for activating a crash countermeasure using a transponder and adaptive cruise control
A method for operating a pre-crash sensing system 10 for a first vehicle (11) proximate a second vehicle (72). The second vehicle (72) generates a cruise control...
US-6,501,374 Secondary seat belt warning system
A secondary seat belt warning system for a motor vehicle includes at least one control module for activating at least one secondary warning signal. The secondary...
US-6,501,369 Vehicle security system having unlimited key programming
A vehicle security system 10 including a controller 12 which allows a vehicle to be operated only with an authorized key 36. The system 10 includes a diagnostic...
US-6,500,089 Method and arrangement in a hybrid vehicle for maximizing efficiency by operating the engine at sub-optimum...
Method for optimizing the operational efficiency of a hybrid electric vehicle is disclosed. The method comprises operating an engine of a hybrid electric vehicle...
US-6,499,507 Rotary valve
A rotary valve 10 which includes a first sleeve member 24 and a second shaft member 32. The members 24 and 32 cooperatively provide pressure to a cylinder...
US-6,499,459 Method and apparatus for creating homogeneous charge compression ignition
An apparatus 10 and a method for producing homogeneous charge compression ignition within a cylinder 14 by the controlled introduction of material into the...
US-6,499,455 System and method for preventing exhaust gases from entering an intake manifold of an engine
A control system 14 and method for preventing exhaust gases from entering an intake manifold 26 of an engine 21 after engine shutdown is provided. The engine 12...
US-6,499,449 Method and system for operating variable displacement internal combustion engine
A method of operating an internal combustion engine having a variable cam timing mechanism in cooperation with a plurality of deactivatable cylinders and...
US-6,499,446 Variable compression ratio connecting rod locking mechanism I
A variable length connecting rod (12) has a first locking mechanism (36) for releasably locking connecting rod parts in a first effective length setting (FIG. 3)...
US-6,499,342 Method of determining the stopping position of an internal combustion engine
A method of determining the stopping position of an internal combustion engine infers the angular position of the engine's crankshaft by analyzing the periodic...
US-6,499,293 Method and system for reducing NOx tailpipe emissions of a lean-burn internal combustion engine
A method and apparatus for operating a lean-burn internal combustion engine in cooperation with an exhaust gas purification system having a three-way catalyst...
US-6,498,975 Method for controlling a transfer case which reacts to steering wheel angle position
A transfer case control system or apparatus 10 is provided for use on a four-wheel drive vehicle of the type having a transfer case 32, a front driveshaft 22 and...
US-6,498,974 Method for controlling a transfer case which utilizes a proportional and an integral control component
A transfer case control system or apparatus 10 is provided for use on a four-wheel drive vehicle of the type having a transfer case 32, a front driveshaft 22 and...
US-6,498,972 Method for operating a pre-crash sensing system in a vehicle having a countermeasure system
A control system (10) for an automotive vehicle (50) has a remote object sensor (18) that generates an object signal in the presence of an object. A vehicle...
US-6,497,947 Interior automotive trim member having improved scratch resistance and a method of making the same
The present invention relates to an interior automotive trim member comprising a backing substrate, a layer of elastomeric material bonded to and overlying the...
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