Patent Number: 6,966,291

Title: Latch timing mechanism for a two-step roller finger cam follower

Abstract: In a two-step roller finger cam follower, a slider arm for engaging a high-lift cam lobe is pivotally mounted to the body and can variably engage a latch pin slidably disposed in a latch pin channel. A second channel in the body opens onto the slider arm and contains a timing pin that rides on an eccentric surface of the slider arm to extend or retract the timing pin. A bore between the latch pin channel and the timing pin channel contains a ball controlled by the timing pin to lock the latch pin into an engaged or disengaged position. The cam lobe has an undercut region such that the latch pin is allowed to move between engaged and disengaged position only when the slider arm is in the undercut region of the cam lobe. The latch pin can move only when the timing pin permits.

Inventors: Fischer; Thomas H. (Rochester, NY), Lipinski; Andrew J. (Henrietta, NY), Kunz; Timothy W. (Rochester, NY), Hendriksma; Nick J. (Grand Rapids, MI)

Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.

International Classification: F01L 1/18 (20060101); F01L 001/18 ()

Expiration Date: 1/22/02018