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1. (WO2018144306) A VEHICLE SPINDLE AND A METHOD OF ATTACHING THE SPINDLE TO A PORTION OF AN AXLE HOUSING WITH ALIGNEMENT OF THE SPINDLE WITH RESPECT TO THE AXLE HOUSING

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/144306    International Application No.:    PCT/US2018/015187
Publication Date: Fri Aug 10 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Fri Jan 26 00:59:59 CET 2018
IPC: B23K 31/02
B60K 17/36
B60B 35/00
F16C 3/02
B23K 101/00
B23K 101/06
Applicants: DANA HEAVY VEHICLE SYSTEMS GROUP, LLC
Inventors: SLESINSKI, Steven G.
TROST, Harry W.
Title: A VEHICLE SPINDLE AND A METHOD OF ATTACHING THE SPINDLE TO A PORTION OF AN AXLE HOUSING WITH ALIGNEMENT OF THE SPINDLE WITH RESPECT TO THE AXLE HOUSING
Abstract:
A vehicle spindle (118) and a method of attaching the spindle (118) to a portion of an axle half shaft housing (102). The spindle (118) has an inner surface, an outer surface, one or more bearing journals (150, 160) on the outer surface of the spindle (118) and a radially protruding portion (146) circumferentially extending from at least a portion of the outer surface of an axially inboard end portion of the spindle (118). Prior to attaching the spindle (118) to the axle half shaft housing (102), the one or more bearing journals (150, 160) are ground, a clocking angle for the radially protruding portion of the spindle (118) is determined and the spindle (118) is aligned to the determined clocking angle. Once the spindle (118) is aligned to the determined clocking angle, the axially inboard end portion of the spindle (118) is attached to an axially outboard end portion of the axle half shaft housing (102) using one or more welds.