People who service automobiles use joint press kits to install and remove joints, such as press-in ball joint and universal joint, of vehicle suspensions. A joint press kit often includes several adapters. The adapters typically fall intotwo categories. 'Push' adapters bear against joints to drive them in a particular direction, e.g. into or out of a vehicle suspension, while 'receiver' adapters bear against the vehicle suspension and receive a joint as it is pushed.
This presents a problem, however, because as the number of ball joint types increase, the cost of providing a larger number of adapters becomes prohibitive from a cost, time, and storage standpoint. Further, despite having a large number ofadapters, the press kit might still not cover all the possible ball joints. Accordingly, what is needed is a joint press kit in which the number of adapters is optimized to provide the broadest possible coverage of the ball joints on the market.
The grease fitting is located on the side opposite the stem side of a ball joint. Thegrease fitting can not be present during installation and removal operations because it will interfere with the operation of the joint press. Thus, prior to removal of a ball joint, the grease fitting must be removed. Further, during installation of aball joint, the grease fitting can only be added after the ball joint is securely placed in the suspension.
For example, if a kit requires that the adapters be screwed onto the pressure screw, this consumes valuable time. On theother hand, if the adapters can attach to the pressure screw quickly, they might not be effectively secured. Therefore, what is needed is a device for efficiently and effectively attaching ball joint adapters to the press.
The device includes a sleeve having an interior surface and an exterior surface, wherein the sleeve is part of the adapter. An interior groove ispositioned on the interior surface of the sleeve. A snap-ring having a transverse circular cross-section section is positioned in the interior groove. The snap-ring floats within the groove. A shaft having an exterior surface is part of the jointpress. An exterior groove is positioned on the exterior surface of the shaft. The snap ring engages the exterior groove when the shaft and the sleeve are mated.
The adapterdesign is created by defining a first variable representative of a physical characteristic of the adapter design, generating a first data set that includes a value of the first variable, comparing the design value to the second data set to determine whether or not to change the design value to increase the number of ball joints that will function with the adapter design in the second operational mode, and changing the adapterdesign value in response to an affirmative determination that a change in the in the design value will increase the number of ball joints that will function with the adapter design in the second operational mode.
The article includes a computer-readable signal-bearing medium. Means in the medium defines a first variable representative of a physical characteristic of the adapter design. Means in the medium generates a first data set that includes a value of the first variable, for each of the plurality of ball joint, that issufficient to allow the adapter design to work with the respective ball joint in a first operational mode.