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US6647592: Four bar hinge

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Filing Information

Inventor(s) William T Presley ·
Assignee(s) DaimlerChrysler Corporation ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Donald J. Wallace ·
Primary Examiner Anthony Knight ·
Assistant Examiner Lisa Bannapradist ·
Application Number US10013293
Filing date 10/29/2001
Issue date 11/18/2003
Prior Publication Data
Predicted expiration date 11/07/2021
Patent term adjustment 9
U.S. Classifications 163/66  · 162/94  · 162/88  ·
International Classifications --
Kind CodeB2
International Classifications 16366 · 16288 · 16287 · 16294 · 16302 ·
Related U.S. Application DataThis application claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Application No. 60/256,605, filed Dec. 19, 2000.
9 Claims, 6 Drawings


Abstract

A hinge mechanism for mounting a vehicle door structure to a vehicle body having first, second, third and fourth hinge members and a plurality of pin members. The first and fourth hinge members are coupled to the vehicle body and the vehicle door, respectively. The pin members pivotably couple the second and third hinge members to the first and fourth hinge members, permitting the vehicle door structure to pivot relative to the vehicle body between a closed position and an open position. The second and third hinge members are configured to resist a seal force that is exerted to the vehicle door by a weatherstrip seal to inhibit an outer surface of the vehicle door from skewing relative to an outer surface of the vehicle body in response to the seal force.

Independent Claims | See all claims (9)

  1. 1. A vehicle comprising: a vehicle body defining a door aperture; a vehicle door structure; a hinge mechanism having first, second, third and fourth hinge members and a plurality of pin members, the first hinge member being fixedly but removably coupled to the vehicle body, the fourth hinge member being fixedly but removably coupled to the vehicle door structure, the pin members pivotably coupling each of the second and third hinge members to each of the first and fourth hinge members, the hinge mechanism being operable for pivotably coupling the vehicle door structure to the vehicle body such that the vehicle door structure is movable between a closed position substantially closing the door aperture and an open position substantially clearing the door aperture; and a weatherstrip seal coupled to one of the vehicle body and the vehicle door structure and configured to abut the other one of the vehicle body and the vehicle door structure when the vehicle door structure is placed in the closed position, the weatherstrip seal exerting a seal force in a direction tending to urge the vehicle door structure toward the open position when the vehicle door structure is positioned in the closed position; wherein the second and third hinge members are configured to resist the seal force to thereby inhibit the seal force from skewing an outer surface of the vehicle door structure relative to an outer surface of the vehicle body.
  2. 9. A vehicle comprising: a vehicle body defining a door aperture; a vehicle door structure; a hinge mechanism for pivotably coupling the vehicle door structure to the vehicle body such that the vehicle door structure is movable between a closed position substantially closing the door aperture and an open position substantially clearing the door aperture, the hinge mechanism having a first hinge member, a plurality of second hinge members, a plurality of third hinge members, a fourth hinge member and a plurality of pin members, the first hinge member being fixedly but removably coupled to the vehicle body, the fourth hinge member being fixedly but removably coupled to the vehicle door structure, a first one of the pin members pivotably coupling the plurality of second hinge members to the first hinge member, a second one of the pin members pivotably coupling the second hinge member to the fourth hinge member, a third one of the pin members pivotably coupling the third hinge member to the first hinge member, a fourth one of the pin members pivotably coupling the third hinge member to the fourth hinge member; and a weatherstrip seal coupled to one of the vehicle body and the vehicle door structure and configured to abut the other one of the vehicle body and the vehicle door structure when the vehicle door structure is placed in the closed position, the weatherstrip seal exerting a seal force to the vehicle door structure toward the open position when the vehicle door structure is positioned in the closed position; wherein the second hinge members rotate from a position that is aligned generally axially offset from a portion of the fourth hinge member to a position perpendicular to the vehicle body when the vehicle door structure is moved from the open position toward the closed position; and wherein a proximal portion of each of the third hinge members is coupled to the first hinge member, the proximal portions being positioned generally to resist the seal force when the vehicle door structure is placed in the closed position.

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