Lubricatable ball joint assembly
Ball joint assembly
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ApplicationNo. 595492 filed on 02/01/1996
US Classes:403/131, Stud extends into ball403/132, Elastomerically biased or backed components403/133, Elastomeric seat403/144Spring-biased
ExaminersPrimary: Stodola, Daniel P.
Assistant: Lev, Bruce A.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
Foreign Patent References
International ClassF16C 011/00
AbstractA joint assembly (10) includes a metal housing which encloses a head end portion (24) of a movable stud member (22). A metal outer (30) bearing engages the head end portion (24) of the stud member (22). The outer bearing (30) has a cylindrical outer side surface (44) with a diameter which is larger than a diameter of a cylindrical inner side surface (42) of a chamber (18) in the housing (12). The outer bearing (30) is retained against movement relative to the housing (12) by an interference fit. During fabrication of the joint assembly (10), a spring (34) and inner bearing (32) are inserted into the housing (12). An interference fit is established between the outer bearing (30) and the housing (12) by sliding the cylindrical outer side surface (44) of the outer bearing along the cylindrical inner side surface (42) of the chamber (18) in the housing. A rim portion (58) of the housing is then deformed or swaged over the outer bearing (30) to form a lip (64) which further retains the outer bearing in the housing.
Field of SearchUniversal ball and socket
Elastomerically biased or backed components
Including liner, shim, or discrete seat
Spring-biased seat opposite ball stud
Completely spacing the members
Deforming socket to secure ball
Of sphere, i.e., ball, in socket
By driven force fit
Separable ball retaining member