US 9,810,311 B1
Baffle for lubrication management in an axle assembly
Dengfu Zhang, Northville, MI (US); Michael Carter, Troy, MI (US); Mark Steward, Ann Arbor, MI (US); and Marc Thomas Wilkins, Farmington Hills, MI (US)
Assigned to Ford Global Technologies, Inc., Dearborn, MI (US)
Filed by Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Dearborn, MI (US)
Filed on Aug. 16, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/237,824.
Int. Cl. F16H 57/04 (2010.01); F16H 48/06 (2006.01)
CPC F16H 57/0423 (2013.01) [F16H 48/06 (2013.01); F16H 57/0483 (2013.01)] 11 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A vehicle axle comprising:
a housing defining a sump;
a gear assembly including a ring gear disposed within the housing and being configured to pump fluid throughout the housing, and a pinion gear meshed with the ring gear; and
a baffle disposed within the sump and connected to the housing, having a first part that covers a lower portion of the ring gear being configured to control fluid flow across the ring gear via a plurality of holes defined on the first part and a second part that covers a lower portion of the pinion gear and attached to the first part, the second part being configured to control fluid flow across the pinion gear via a plurality of holes defined on the second part.