Patent Number: 6,167,777

Title: Tiltable steering column lock mechanism

Abstract: The tiltable component in a tilt type vehicle steering column can be locked in selected positions of adjustment by an external locking mechanism that includes an elongated rod having pivot connections with the stationary and movable components of the column. A rotatable locking sleeve encircles the rod to form a rigid connection between the rod and one of the pivot connections. Meshed teeth on the rod and sleeve prevent the rod from moving in the longitudinal direction. By rotating the sleeve on the rod it is possible to shift the teeth out of mesh, such that the rod can move longitudinally to set the movable component of the steering column in a new selected position of adjustment.

Inventors: Snell; William M. (Grand Blanc, MI)

Assignee: Chrysler Corporation

International Classification: B62D 1/18 (20060101); B62D 001/18 (); F16B 007/10 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018