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Ball-Joint Assembly

United States Patent

Brandenburg

Patent Number:    4,360,284

Date of Patent:    Nov. 23, 1982

BALL-JOINT ASSEMBLY
Inventor: Darrell L. Brandenburg, Anderson, Ind.
Assignee: General Motors Corporation, Detroit, Mich.
Appl. No.: 195193
Filed: Oct. 8, 1980
Int. Class: F16C 11/00; F16D 1/12
U.S. Class: 403/133; 403/135; 403/142; 403/140; 403/227
Field of Search: 403/135, 140, 142, 143, 133, 122, 131, 132, 138, 140, 144, 129, 130, 225, 226, 227
 

References Cited

U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS
2443712 June 1948 Alldredge 403/138
3699580 October 1972 Joseph et al. 403/138
4059361 November 1977 Allison 403/138

FOREIGN PATENT DOCUMENTS
2913700 October 1980 Fed. Rep. of Germany 403/135

Primary Examiner- Wayne L. Shedd
Attorney, Agent, or Firm- Edward J. Biskup

Abstract

A ball-joint assembly having a two-part hinged plastic bearing member adapted to be positioned about the ball portion of a ball-stud member and be placed within an aperture formed in a link having a plurality of upstanding tabs which are adapted to be bent over for maintaining the ball-stud member and bearing member in the end of the link.

2 Claims, 6 Drawing Figures

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