Patent Number: 6,170,196

Title: Apparatus for keeping upwardly swinging door of vehicle at desired angle

Abstract: One end of a connection wire is connected to a rear vehicle door which can be popped up by an urging force from a user. An apparatus for maintaining the position of the upwardly swinging rear door once it is opened at a desired angle includes a pulley for receiving the other end of the connection wire wound around it. A power spring urges the pulley in a connection wire-winding direction. A one-way clutch includes a rotatable outer ring with an input shaft at the center thereof. The input shaft is connected to the pulley. The input shaft is also connected to the outer ring through multiple rollers interposed between the outer ring and the input shaft so that the pulley is allowed to rotate in the connection wire-winding direction. In maintaining the upwardly swinging rear door at a desired angle once it is opened, a solenoid is energized to move a stopper into an engaging groove on the periphery of the outer ring. When the stopper engages the engaging groove, the rotation of the outer ring is restricted. In opening or closing the rear door, the solenoid is de-energized to disengage the stopper from the engaging groove. Consequently, the outer ring is allowed to rotate freely.

Inventors: Kato; Kenji (Kariya, JP)

Assignee: Toyota Shatai Kabushiki Kaisha

International Classification: B60J 5/10 (20060101); E05C 17/00 (20060101); E05C 17/36 (20060101); E05F 1/10 (20060101); E05F 1/00 (20060101); E05F 11/50 (20060101); E05F 11/38 (20060101); E05B 65/12 (20060101); E05F 011/24 ()

Expiration Date: 01/09/2018