Patent number: 11015491

Mechanism for locking a variable cam timing device

Original Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.

Field of technology: Vehicles, Engines and Transportation

Patent granted on: Tue, 25 May 2021

Patent drawing


A lock pin for a VCT device that has a locked position, locking a housing assembly relative to a rotor assembly of the variable cam timing device, and an unlocked position. The lock pin has a body comprising a first diameter with a first area, a second diameter with a second area, and a chamber formed between the first area of the first diameter and the second area of the second diameter for receiving fluid, the first area being greater than the second area. When fluid is applied to the chamber through the variable cam timing phaser, a difference between first area and the second area defining the chamber creates a force imbalance, such that the oil pressure applied to the chamber of the body assists in maintaining the Sock pin in the locked position.