Patent Number: 7,086,983

Title: Differential with pinion bearings supported on input yoke

Abstract: A differential having pinion bearings supported on the input yoke is provided. The differential includes a housing having an opening through which a pinion shaft extends. The input yoke is disposed about a portion of the pinion shaft and one or both pinion bearing sets are then disposed about the input yoke. This configuration reduces pinion standout and allows for installation of a pre-assembled bearing pack (i.e., without spacers or shims), but does not reduce the length of the splines on the input yoke or bearing capacity.

Inventors: Turner; Gary (Three Rivers, MI), Wenstrup; Leo (Portage, MI), Thompson; David (Kalamazoo, MI)

Assignee: Dana Corporation

International Classification: F16H 48/06 (20060101); F16H 1/14 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/08/02018