Drive line differential apparatus for a vehicle
Telescoping universal joints
Power transmitting device and applications thereof
Wheel suspension system for vehicles
Four-wheel vehicle drive system
Four-wheel vehicle drive system Patent #: 4476952
ApplicationNo. 07/033876 filed on 04/02/1987
US Classes:180/297, Having motor shaft parallel to rotational axis of driven wheel180/381, Vibration damping180/384, Relative axial movement464/111Tripod coupling
ExaminersPrimary: Love, John J.
Assistant: Camby, Richard M.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
International ClassesF16D 3/205 (20060101)
F16D 3/16 (20060101)
B60K 17/22 (20060101)
Foreign Application Priority Data1984-06-21 JP
AbstractA propeller shaft in a motor vehicle includes a plurality of shaft members and a plurality of joints operatively coupled between the shaft members, between the engine of the motor vehicle and one of the shaft members, and between a differential coupled to drive wheels and one of the shaft members. At least one of the joints comprises a slidable tripod joint. The tripod joint gives the propeller shaft a desired torque transmission capability and axial sliding displacements, and enables the propeller shaft to have a practically sufficient service life for high-speed rotation.