(19)
(11)EP 3 434 527 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
14.10.2020 Bulletin 2020/42

(21)Application number: 18172789.2

(22)Date of filing:  17.05.2018
(51)Int. Cl.: 
B60R 13/04  (2006.01)

(54)

DETACHABLE LIFT GATE HINGE COVER ASSEMBLED TO ROOF RAIL

AN DER DACHSCHIENE MONTIERTE ABNEHMBARE HUBTÜRSCHARNIERABDECKUNG

COUVERCLE DE CHARNIÈRE DE PORTE D'ASCENSEUR AMOVIBLE ASSEMBLÉ AU RAIL DE TOIT


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 27.07.2017 US 201715661483

(43)Date of publication of application:
30.01.2019 Bulletin 2019/05

(73)Proprietor: Dura Operating, LLC
Auburn Hills, MI 48326 (US)

(72)Inventors:
  • WILKS, Patrick Lee
    Rochester Hills, MI Michigan 48309 (US)
  • SHARRON, Scott
    Lasalle, Ontario N9J1A3 (CA)
  • MANSOUR, Amer
    West Bloomfield, MI Michigan 48323 (US)

(74)Representative: btb IP Bungartz Baltzer Partnerschaft mbB Patentanwälte 
Im Mediapark 6A
50670 Köln
50670 Köln (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
US-A1- 2013 234 462
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    FIELD



    [0001] The present disclosure relates generally to automobile vehicle roof rail and lift gate systems and structures.

    BACKGROUND



    [0002] The statements in this section merely provide background information related to the present disclosure and may or may not constitute prior art.

    [0003] Automobile vehicles commonly include a roof rack assembly which provides side rails fixed to the vehicle roof which provide for storage and extension of roof racks to provide for additional stowage of items on the vehicle roof, for example during extended travel and vacations. Known roof rack assemblies can interact with regions of the vehicle roof where rear lift gates are mounted, typically where lift gate hinges are mounted to the vehicle roof. Document US 2013/234462 A1 describes molding assemblies for covering and concealing roof ditches of a vehicle. Known roof rack assemblies therefore include lift gate hinge cover assemblies which are fixed to the roof. The regions of interaction between the roof rack and roof rail systems and the hinges for mounting lift gates commonly create interferences which require substantial time and effort to remove the roof rail components to permit removal of the lift gate hinges for maintenance or replacement. Known roof rack lift gate hinge cover assemblies are also prone to trapping moisture and dirt or leaves, which cause corrosion or discolored discharge at the hinge cover areas.

    [0004] Thus, while current lift gate hinge cover assemblies achieve their intended purpose, there is a need for a new and improved system and method for installing and allowing removal of lift gate hinge cover assemblies.

    SUMMARY



    [0005] According to several aspects, a detachable lift gate hinge cover assembly includes a bracket fixed to a roof of an automobile vehicle. A plate assembly is releasably connected to the bracket. The plate assembly when positioned in an installed position at least partially within and covering a lift gate hinge pocket.

    [0006] According to several aspects, a detachable lift gate hinge cover assembly includes a bracket positioned within an elongated depression formed in a roof of an automobile vehicle and fixed to each of the roof within the elongated depression and to a trim member positioned outside of the elongated depression. A plate assembly is releasably connected to the bracket, the plate assembly when positioned in an installed position at least partially within and covering a lift gate hinge pocket located rear of the elongated depression.

    [0007] In another aspect of the present disclosure, the bracket includes an attachment member having an integrally connected coupling portion, the coupling portion including a clearance opening.

    [0008] In another aspect of the present disclosure, the plate assembly includes a panel having a retention member integrally connected to the panel, the plate assembly when rotated in a first direction of rotation aligning the retention member with the clearance opening of the coupling portion for insertion and removal of the retention member through the clearance opening allowing both connection and disconnection of the plate assembly with the bracket.

    [0009] In another aspect of the present disclosure, the coupling portion of the bracket further includes a first contact member and a second contact member located within a cavity of the coupling portion.

    [0010] In another aspect of the present disclosure, the retention member includes a hook shaped end directly contacting the second contact member with the retention member also contacting the first contact member defining the installed position of the plate assembly. An inner face of the hook shaped end directly abuts a first face of the first contact member in the installed position of the plate assembly.

    [0011] In another aspect of the present disclosure, the hook shaped end of the retention member is oriented substantially perpendicular to a straight portion of the retention member. The first face is oriented substantially perpendicular to a second face of the second contact member, the second face also directly abutted by a flat edge of a straight portion of the retention member in the installed position of the plate assembly.

    [0012] In another aspect of the present disclosure, the plate assembly includes a panel having: a male clip engaged within an aperture of the roof in an installed position of the plate assembly; and a female clip assembly having a receiving slot capturing a male member extending from the roof in the installed position of the plate assembly.

    [0013] In another aspect of the present disclosure, the plate assembly includes a panel having: first and second lip seals connected to opposed outer edges of the panel; and at least one anti-vibration foam pad fixed to a planar face of the panel. In an installed position of the panel within the lift gate hinge pocket created in the roof of the automobile vehicle the first lip seal directly contacts a first curved wall of the roof within the trough, and the second lip seal directly contacts an oppositely facing second curved wall of the roof within the trough, with the at least one anti-vibration foam pad positioned between a planar plate section of the roof within the trough and the plate assembly.

    [0014] In another aspect of the present disclosure, the trim member defines a molding at least partially covering the elongated depression.

    [0015] In another aspect of the present disclosure, the trim member defines an end portion of a roof rail.

    [0016] According to several aspects, a detachable lift gate hinge cover assembly includes a bracket fixed to a roof of an automobile vehicle, the bracket including an attachment member having an integrally connected coupling portion. A plate assembly includes a panel having a retention member integrally connected to the panel. The plate assembly when rotated in a first direction of rotation aligns the retention member with a clearance opening of the coupling portion allowing insertion of the retention member through the clearance opening of the coupling portion to releasably engage a hook shaped end of the retention member with the coupling portion. The plate assembly when positioned in an installed position within a roof hinge pocket of the roof at least partially covers a lift gate hinge attachment area. The plate assembly when rotated in a second direction of rotation opposite to the first direction of rotation releases the hook shaped end from the coupling portion to release the plate assembly from the installed position.

    [0017] In another aspect of the present disclosure, the plate assembly includes a male clip engaged within an aperture of the roof in the installed position of the plate assembly.

    [0018] In another aspect of the present disclosure, the plate assembly includes a female clip assembly having a first locating, minimally deflecting prong and an opposed second maximally deflecting prong defining a receiving slot therebetween, the receiving slot capturing a male member extending from the roof to retain the plate assembly in the installed position.

    [0019] In another aspect of the present disclosure, the plate assembly includes cross-car first and second hook members oppositely facing with respect to each other, the cross-car first and second hook members elastically deflecting to frictionally contact opposed walls of the roof hinge pocket of the roof, thereby providing side-to-side alignment of the plate assembly in opposed directions and to provide position retention of the plate assembly within the roof hinge pocket.

    [0020] In another aspect of the present disclosure, the plate assembly includes a molded clip integrally connected to the plate assembly having a third hook member oriented perpendicular to an orientation of both the first and second hook members.

    [0021] In another aspect of the present disclosure, the bracket when fixed to the roof of the automobile vehicle is positioned substantially underneath a portion of a roof rack assembly.

    [0022] In another aspect of the present disclosure, the bracket is fixed to the roof using at least one fastener extending through an aperture created in the bracket.

    [0023] According to several aspects, a detachable lift gate hinge cover assembly includes a bracket fixed to a roof of an automobile vehicle and positioned substantially underneath a portion of a roof rack assembly. The bracket includes an attachment member having an integrally connected coupling portion and a clearance opening. A plate assembly includes a retention member with a hook shaped end. The plate assembly when rotated in a first direction of rotation aligns the retention member with the clearance opening of the coupling portion allowing insertion of the retention member through the clearance opening to releasably engage the hook shaped end of the retention member with the coupling portion. The plate assembly after rotation in the first direction of rotation is positioned in an installed position within a roof hinge pocket of the roof and at least partially covering a lift gate hinge attachment area. The plate assembly when rotated in a second direction of rotation opposite to the first direction of rotation releases the hook shaped end from the coupling portion to release the plate assembly from the installed position.

    [0024] In another aspect of the present disclosure, the plate assembly includes a panel having: a male clip engaged within an aperture of the roof in the installed position of the plate assembly; a female clip assembly having a receiving slot capturing a male member extending from the roof in the installed position of the plate assembly; and opposed cross-car first and second hook members elastically deflecting to frictionally contact opposed walls of the roof hinge pocket in the installed position of the plate assembly.

    [0025] In another aspect of the present disclosure, when the hook shaped end of the retention member is engaged with the coupling portion the plate assembly is rotatable about an axis of rotation with respect to the bracket.

    [0026] Further areas of applicability will become apparent from the description provided herein. It should be understood that the description and specific examples are intended for purposes of illustration only and are not intended to limit the scope of the present disclosure.

    DRAWINGS



    [0027] The drawings described herein are for illustration purposes only and are not intended to limit the scope of the present disclosure in any way.

    FIG. 1 is a top right perspective view looking forward of a detachable lift gate hinge cover assembly according to an exemplary embodiment;

    FIG. 2 is a bottom left perspective view of the detachable lift gate hinge cover assembly of FIG. 1;

    FIG. 3 is a bottom left perspective view of the detachable lift gate hinge cover assembly of FIG. 1;

    FIG. 4 is an exploded assembly view of a plate assembly of the detachable lift gate hinge cover assembly of FIG. 1;

    FIG. 5 is a top right perspective view similar to FIG. 1 with the plate assembly removed for clarity;

    FIG. 6 is a cross sectional end elevational view taken at section 6 of FIG. 1; and

    FIG. 7 is a cross sectional end elevational view of area 7 of FIG. 6.


    DETAILED DESCRIPTION



    [0028] The following description is merely exemplary in nature and is not intended to limit the present disclosure, application, or uses.

    [0029] Referring to FIG. 1, a motor vehicle 10 includes a vehicle body 12 having a roof 14 connected to body structural items such as one or more body pillars 16 to structurally support one or more doors (not shown). A body panel 18 can be used to structurally connect the roof 14 to the body pillars 16. A rear lift gate 20 (only partially shown) is rotatably connected to a structural member 22 of the roof 14. A roof rack assembly 24 (having a right side portion shown, and a left side portion not shown) is connected to the roof 14 and is positioned partially within an elongated depression 26 formed between the roof 14 and the body panel 18. A trim member 27 is provided to cover a portion of the elongated depression 26 and is connected to and defines an end portion of the roof rack assembly 24.

    [0030] A detachable lift gate hinge cover assembly 28 of the present disclosure is used as mirror image assemblies in two locations (left hand and right hand) positioned at a rear of the roof 14, having a first portion positioned between the roof rack assembly 24 and the rear lift gate 20 and having a second portion positioned between the roof rack assembly and the trim member 27. The following discussion of a right hand assembly applies equally to a left hand assembly (not shown), which will therefore not be further discussed herein. A plate assembly 30 of the detachable lift gate hinge cover assembly 28 defines the first portion positioned between the roof rack assembly 24 and the rear lift gate 20, and is positioned partially within an expanded width rear trough portion 32 defining a roof hinge pocket located rear of the elongated depression 26, and in an installed position shown covers hinge structure (not shown) which rotatably connects the rear lift gate 20 to the structural member 22 of the roof 14. The second portion of the detachable lift gate hinge cover assembly 28 is connected to the roof 14 and is also connected to a trim member 27 of the roof rack assembly 24 as will be described in greater detail in reference to FIGS. 6 and 7. To promote maintenance of components associated with the rear lift gate 20 and complete removal of the rear lift gate 20 if necessary, the plate assembly 30 of the detachable lift gate hinge cover assembly 28 is releasably connected.

    [0031] Referring to FIG. 2 and again to FIG. 1, the plate assembly 30 is releasably coupled to a bracket 33 using a coupling portion 34. The coupling portion 34 when connecting the bracket 33 to the plate assembly 30 normally prevents direct release of the plate assembly 30 in a release direction 36. To assemble the plate assembly 30 to the bracket 33, the plate assembly 30 is rotatable about an axis of rotation 38 as will be described in greater detail in reference to FIG. 7.

    [0032] Referring to FIG. 3 and again to FIGS. 1 and 2, the plate assembly 30 includes multiple features to assist in connecting and sealing the plate assembly 30 to the roof 14 of the vehicle body 12. These features include a first lip seal 40 fixed to a first outer edge 42 of a polymeric material panel 44 of the plate assembly 30, and a second lip seal 46 fixed to a second outer edge 48 of the panel 44, the first outer edge 42 being positioned oppositely directed with respect to the second outer edge 48. A first anti-vibration foam pad 50 and a second anti-vibration foam pad 52 are each fixed, for example using an adhesive to a planar face 54 of the panel 44.

    [0033] Elastically deflectable first and second cross-car locators 56, 58 are integrally connected to the panel 44 for example when molding the panel 44. The first cross-car locator 56 includes a first hook member 60, and the second cross-car locator 58 includes a second hook member 62, with the first and second hook members 60, 62 oppositely facing with respect to each other. The cross-car first and second hook members 60, 62 elastically deflect to frictionally contact opposed walls of the rear trough portion 32 of the roof 14 as shown in FIG. 1, and individually deflect to provide side-to-side alignment in opposed directions 64, 66 and to thereby provide position retention of the plate assembly 30. A molded clip 68 integrally connected to the panel 44 includes a third hook member 70 oriented perpendicular to the orientation of both the first and second hook members 60, 62. The molded clip 68 releasably attaches the plate assembly 30 to a trough hider (not shown) provided with the rear lift gate 20 when the rear lift gate 20 is in a closed position.

    [0034] The plate assembly 30 further includes a female clip assembly 72 used to frictionally connect the plate assembly 30 to the roof 14. The female clip assembly 72 is integrally connected to a raised platform 74 also integrally connected to the panel 44. The female clip assembly 72 includes a first minimally deflecting prong 76 and a second maximally deflecting prong 78 positioned in opposed, facing relationship to each other, thereby creating a receiving slot 80 therebetween. Inn use, the first minimally deflecting prong 76 deflects less than the second maximally deflecting prong 78. A male member (shown and described in reference to FIG. 5) connected to the roof 14 enters the receiving slot 80 and is frictionally gripped by the first and second deflecting prongs 76, 78 to releasably retain the plate assembly 30 to the roof 14 using a biasing force of the oppositely deflected first and second deflecting prongs 76, 78. A male clip 82 such as a W-clip is frictionally engaged in a raised deck portion 84 of the panel 44. The male clip 82 enters an aperture (shown in reference to FIG. 5) created in the roof 14 within the rear trough portion 32 to provide an additional releasable, frictional engagement of the panel 44 to the roof 14.

    [0035] Referring to FIG. 4 and again to FIGS. 1 through 3, various components of the plate assembly 30 are shown in exploded perspective view, including the first lip seal 40 and the second lip seal 46, which each can be provided of a resilient polymeric material which can be fixed to the panel 44 using an adhesive. The first anti-vibration foam pad 50 and the second anti-vibration foam pad 52 are each made of a resilient polymeric foam material to permit greater compressibility than a compressibility of the first and second lip seals 40, 46. The first anti-vibration foam pad 50 and the second anti-vibration foam pad 52 are both positioned between the first and second lip seals 40, 46, and as previously noted are fixed to the planar face 54 of the panel 44 using for example an adhesive. The male clip 82 such as a W-clip is frictionally engaged in the raised deck portion 84 of the panel 44 using a keyhole-shaped slot 86 created in the raised deck portion 84.

    [0036] According to several aspects, a second clip 88 may be used in place of the female clip assembly 72, and installed in the same manner. First and second flock tapes 90, 92 may also be added to the first and second hook members 60, 62 to assist in retaining the first and second hook members 60, 62 and for noise and vibration reduction. A retention member 94 is integrally connected to the panel 44 at an end opposite to the location of the raised deck portion 84. The retention member 94 is used to releasably connect the plate assembly 30 to the bracket 33 as will be described in greater detail in reference to FIG. 7.

    [0037] Referring to FIG. 5 and again to FIGS. 1 through 4, the rear trough portion 32 extending away from the elongated depression 26 is visible prior to installation of the plate assembly 30 having a portion of the coupling portion 34 of the bracket 33 visible. The rear trough portion 32 provides several features that assist in connecting and sealing the detachable lift gate hinge cover assembly 28 of the present disclosure. Apertures 96, 98 are provided in a planar plate section 100 which receive fasteners (not shown) used to mount the hinges of the rear lift gate 20. A first curved wall 102 of the rear trough portion 32 provides a sealing surface for the first lip seal 40, and an oppositely facing second curved wall 104 provides a sealing surface for the second lip seal 46. A raised male member 106 extending upwardly from the roof 14 within the trough portion 32 enters the receiving slot 80 of the female clip assembly 72 described in reference to FIG. 3 and is frictionally gripped by the first and second deflecting prongs 76, 78. An elongated aperture 108 receives the male clip 82 to provide an additional releasable, frictional engagement of the panel 44 to the roof 14.

    [0038] Referring to FIG. 6 and again to FIGS. 1 through 5, the attachment member 114 of the bracket 33 of the detachable lift gate hinge cover assembly 28 may be fixed to the roof 14 within the elongated depression 26 and beneath the trim member 27 of the roof rack assembly 24 using one or more fasteners 110 inserted through apertures 112 provided in the attachment member 114. The attachment member 114 of the bracket 33 may further by connected for example using one or more fasteners to the trim member 27. The plate assembly 30 is shown after installation using the coupling portion 34 which is described in greater detail in reference to FIG. 7.

    [0039] Referring to FIG. 7 and again to FIGS. 1 through 6, the bracket 33 includes the attachment member 114 having the coupling portion 34 integrally connected at one end. The coupling portion 34 includes a cavity 116 with a first contact member 118 and a second contact member 120 located within the cavity 116. The plate assembly 30 is releasably connected to the coupling portion 34 as follows. After initially rotating the plate assembly 30 in a rotation direction 122 with respect to the axis of rotation 38, a hook shaped end 124 of the retention member 94 is inserted through a clearance opening 126 between the first contact member 118 and the second contact member 120. The plate assembly 30 is then rotated in a rotation direction 128 opposite to the rotation direction 122 until in an installed position of the plate assembly 30 the retention member 94 directly contacts the second contact member 120, and an inner face 130 of the hook shaped end 124 directly abuts a first face 132 of the first contact member 118. The first face 132 is oriented substantially perpendicular to a second face 134 of the second contact member 120 which is also directly abutted by a flat edge 136 of a straight portion 138 of the retention member 94 in a retention or installed position of the plate assembly 30 shown. According to several aspects, the hook shaped end 124 of the retention member 94 is oriented substantially perpendicular to the straight portion 138, however the hook shaped end 124 can be oriented at any angle with respect to the straight portion 138 that provides a retention capability in the installed position. The abutting contact of the retention member 94 with each of the first face 132 and the second face 134 prevents the plate assembly 30 from being released in the release direction 36.

    [0040] As the plate assembly 30 is rotated in the rotation direction 128, the first anti-vibration foam pad 50 and the second anti-vibration foam pad 52 directly contact a hinge bracket (not shown) seated on the planar plate section 100 and thereafter elastically compress, and the first and second cross-car locators 56, 58 frictionally contact the first curved wall 102 and the second curved wall 104. With continued rotation of the plate assembly 30 in the rotation direction 128, the male clip 82 enters and engages within the aperture 108, and the raised male member 106 is received in the receiving slot 80 of the female clip assembly 72 to retain the closed position of the plate assembly 30, and the first and second lip seals 40, 46 frictionally contact the first curved wall 102 and the second curved wall 104. The seals formed using frictional contact of the first and second lip seals 40, 46 with the first curved wall 102 and the second curved wall 104 thereafter minimize dirt and moisture entrance under the plate assembly 30, while allowing drainage in a front to rear flow path generally parallel with the release direction 36.

    [0041] To release the plate assembly 30, the plate assembly 30 is rotated in the rotation direction 122 thereby releasing engagement of the male clip 82, releasing engagement of the raised male member 106 extending upwardly from within the receiving slot 80 of the female clip assembly 72, and releasing the frictional contact provided by the first and second cross-car locators 56, 58. Further rotation of the plate assembly 30 then allows the hook shaped end 124 of the retention member 94 to be displaced back outward through the clearance opening 126 opposite to the installation path described above.

    [0042] A detachable lift gate hinge cover assembly 28 of the present disclosure offers several advantages. These include the ability to manufacture and ship a lift gate cover assembly together with a roof rail and rack system, while also providing the ability to rotate the hinge cover assembly for detachment and replacement. This permits access to lift gate hinge bolts without the need to remove the roof rail assembly for service.


    Claims

    1. A detachable lift gate hinge cover assembly (28), comprising:

    a bracket (33) fixed to a roof (14) of an automobile vehicle (10);

    a plate assembly (30) releasably connected to the bracket (33), the plate assembly (30) when positioned in an installed position at least partially within and covering a lift gate hinge pocket; and

    wherein the bracket (33) includes an attachment member (114) having an integrally connected coupling portion (34), the coupling portion (34) including a clearance opening (126), and wherein the plate assembly (30) includes a panel (44) having a retention member (94) integrally connected to the panel (44), the plate assembly (30) when rotated in a first direction of rotation aligning the retention member (94) with the clearance opening (126) of the coupling portion (34) for insertion and removal of the retention member (94) through the clearance opening (126) allowing both connection and disconnection of the plate assembly (30) with the bracket (33).


     
    2. The detachable lift gate hinge cover assembly (28) of claim 1, further including:

    an elongated depression (26) formed in the roof of the vehicle (10); and

    a trim member (27) positioned outside of the elongated depression (26);

    wherein the bracket (33) is positioned within the elongated depression (26) and fixed to each of the roof (14) within the elongated depression (26) and to the trim member (27); and wherein

    the lift gate hinge pocket is located rear of the elongated depression (26).


     
    3. The detachable lift gate hinge cover assembly (28) of claim 1, wherein the coupling portion (34) of the bracket (33) further includes a first contact member (118) and a second contact member (120) located within a cavity (116) of the coupling portion (34).
     
    4. The detachable lift gate hinge cover assembly (28) of claim 3, wherein:

    the retention member (94) includes a hook shaped end (124) directly contacting the second contact member (120) with the retention member (94) also contacting the first contact member (118) defining the installed position of the plate assembly (30); and

    an inner face (130) of the hook shaped end (124) directly abuts a first face (132) of the first contact member (118) in the installed position of the plate assembly (30) and wherein preferably the hook shaped end (124) of the retention member (94) is oriented substantially perpendicular to a straight portion (138) of the retention member (94); and

    the first face (132) is oriented substantially perpendicular to a second face (134) of the second contact member (120), the second face (134) also directly abutted by a flat edge (136) of a straight portion (138) of the retention member (94) in the installed position of the plate assembly (30).


     
    5. The detachable lift gate hinge cover assembly (28) of claims 1 or 2, wherein the plate assembly (30) includes the panel (44) having:

    a male clip (82) engaged within an aperture of the roof (14) in an installed position of the plate assembly (30); and

    a female clip assembly (72) having a receiving slot (80) capturing a male member extending from the roof (14) in the installed position of the plate assembly (30).


     
    6. The detachable lift gate hinge cover assembly (28) of claims 1 or 2, wherein
    the plate assembly (30) includes the panel (44) having:

    first and second lip seals (40, 46) connected to opposed outer edges of the panel (44); and

    at least one anti-vibration foam pad (50) fixed to a planar face (54) of the panel (44); and

    wherein in an installed position of the panel (44) within the lift gate hinge pocket the first lip seal (40) directly contacts a first curved wall (102) of the roof (14) within the trough, and the second lip seal (46) directly contacts an oppositely facing second curved wall of the roof (14) within the trough, with the at least one anti-vibration foam pad (50) positioned between a planar plate section (100) of the roof (14) within the trough and the plate assembly (30).


     
    7. The detachable lift gate hinge cover assembly (28) of claim 2, wherein the trim member (27) defines a molding at least partially covering the elongated depression (26) or defines an end portion of a roof rail.
     
    8. The detachable lift gate hinge cover assembly (28) of claim 1, wherein:

    the plate assembly (30) when rotated in the first direction of rotation aligning the retention member (94) with the clearance opening (126) of the coupling portion (34) allowing insertion of the retention member (94) through the clearance opening (126) of the coupling portion (34) to releasably engage a hook shaped end (124) of the retention member (94) with the coupling portion (34);

    the plate assembly (30) when positioned in the installed position within the roof hinge pocket of the roof (14) covers at least partially a lift gate hinge attachment area; and

    the plate assembly (30) when rotated in a second direction of rotation opposite to the first direction of rotation releases the hook shaped end (124) from the coupling portion (34) to release the plate assembly (30) from the installed position.


     
    9. The detachable lift gate hinge cover assembly (28) of claim 8, wherein the plate assembly (30) includes a male clip (82) engaged within an aperture of the roof (14) in the installed position of the plate assembly (30).
     
    10. The detachable lift gate hinge cover assembly (28) of claim 8, wherein the plate assembly (30) includes a female clip assembly having a first locating, minimally deflecting prong and an opposed second maximally deflecting prong defining a receiving slot therebetween, the receiving slot capturing a male member extending from the roof to retain the plate assembly (30) in the installed position.
     
    11. The detachable lift gate hinge cover assembly (28) of claim 8, wherein the plate assembly (30) includes cross-car first and second hook members (60, 62) oppositely facing with respect to each other, the cross-car first and second hook members (60, 62) elastically deflecting to frictionally contact opposed walls of the roof hinge pocket of the roof (14), thereby providing side-to-side alignment of the plate assembly (30) in opposed directions and to provide position retention of the plate assembly (30) within the roof hinge pocket and wherein the plate assembly (30) preferably includes a molded clip integrally connected to the plate assembly (30) having a third hook member (70) oriented perpendicular to an orientation of both the first and second hook members (60, 62).
     
    12. The detachable lift gate hinge cover assembly (28) of claim 8, wherein the bracket (33) when fixed to the roof of the automobile vehicle (10) is positioned substantially underneath a portion of a roof rack assembly, and wherein the bracket (33) is preferably fixed to the roof (14) using at least one fastener extending through an aperture created in the bracket (33).
     
    13. The detachable lift gate hinge cover assembly (28) of claim 1, wherein
    the bracket (33) is positioned substantially underneath a portion of a roof rack assembly (24),
    the bracket (33) includes an attachment member (114) having an integrally connected coupling portion (34) and a clearance opening (126);
    the plate assembly (30) including a retention member (94) with a hook shaped end (124), the plate assembly (30) when rotated in a first direction of rotation aligning the retention member (94) with the clearance opening (126) of the coupling portion (34) allowing insertion of the retention member (94) through the clearance opening (126) to releasably engage the hook shaped end (124) of the retention member (94) with the coupling portion (34);
    the plate assembly (30) after rotation in the first direction of rotation is positioned in an installed position within a roof hinge pocket of the roof (14) and at least partially covering a lift gate hinge attachment area; and
    the plate assembly (30) when rotated in a second direction of rotation opposite to the first direction of rotation releases the hook shaped end (124) from the coupling portion (34) to release the plate assembly (30) from the installed position, and wherein when the hook shaped end (124) of the retention member (94) is engaged with the coupling portion (34) the plate assembly (30) is preferably rotatable about an axis of rotation (38) with respect to the bracket (33).
     
    14. The detachable lift gate hinge cover assembly (28) of claim 13, wherein the plate assembly (30) includes a panel (44) having:

    a male clip (82) engaged within an aperture of the roof (14) in the installed position of the plate assembly (30);

    a female clip assembly (72) having a receiving slot capturing a male member extending from the roof (14) in the installed position of the plate assembly (33); and

    opposed cross-car first and second hook members (60, 62) elastically deflecting to frictionally contact opposed walls of the roof hinge pocket in the installed position of the plate assembly (30).


     


    Ansprüche

    1. Eine abnehmbare Scharnierabdeckung (28) für ein Klappenscharnier, aufweisend:

    einen Halter (33), der an einem Dach (14) eines Kraftfahrzeugs (10) befestigt ist;

    eine Plattenbaugruppe (30), die lösbar mit dem Halter (33) verbunden ist, wobei sich die in einer montierten Lage positionierte Plattenbaugruppe (30) zumindest teilweise innerhalb einer Klappenscharniertasche befindet und diese abdeckt; und

    wobei der Halter (33) ein Befestigungselement (114) mit einem integral verbundenen Kupplungsabschnitt (34) aufweist, der Kupplungsabschnitt (34) eine Durchgangsöffnung (126) aufweist, und wobei die Plattenbaugruppe (30) eine Platte (44) mit einem Halteelement (94) aufweist, das integral mit der Platte (44) verbunden ist, die Plattenbaugruppe (30), wenn sie in einer ersten Drehrichtung gedreht ist, das Rückhalteelement (94) mit der Durchgangsöffnung (126) des Kupplungsabschnitts (34) ausrichtet, so dass das Rückhalteelement (94) durch die Durchgangsöffnung (126) einführbar und herausnehmbar ist, wodurch sowohl eine Verbindung als auch eine Trennung der Plattenbaugruppe (30) und des Halters (33) möglich ist.


     
    2. Die abnehmbare Scharnierabdeckung (28) für ein Klappenscharnier nach Anspruch 1, weiterhin umfassend: eine längliche Vertiefung (26), die im Dach des Fahrzeugs (10) ausgebildet ist; und
    ein außerhalb der länglichen Vertiefung (26) angeordnetes Verkleidungselement (27);
    wobei der Halter (33) innerhalb der länglichen Vertiefung (26) positioniert ist und an sowohl an dem Dach (14) innerhalb der länglichen Vertiefung (26) als auch an dem Verkleidungselement (27) befestigt ist; und wobei
    sich die Klappenscharniertasche hinter der länglichen Vertiefung (26) befindet.
     
    3. Die abnehmbare Scharnierabdeckung (28) für ein Klappenscharnier nach Anspruch 1, wobei der Kupplungsabschnitt (34) des Trägers (33) ferner ein erstes Kontaktelement (118) und ein zweites Kontaktelement (120) aufweist, die in einem Hohlraum (116) des Kupplungsabschnitts (34) angeordnet sind.
     
    4. Die abnehmbare Scharnierabdeckung (28) für ein Klappenscharnier nach Anspruch 3, wobei:

    das Halteelement (94) ein hakenförmiges Ende (124) aufweist, das das zweite Kontaktelement (120) unmittelbar an das Halteelement (94) angrenzt und auch an das erste Kontaktelement (118) angrenzt, was die Installationsposition der Plattenbaugruppe (30) definiert; und

    eine Innenfläche (130) des hakenförmigen Endes (124) in der Einbauposition der Plattenbaugruppe (30) unmittelbar an eine erste Fläche (132) des ersten Kontaktelements (118) anstößt und wobei bevorzugt das hakenförmige Ende (124) des Halteelements (94) im Wesentlichen senkrecht zu einem geraden Abschnitt (138) des Halteelements (94) ausgerichtet ist; und

    die erste Fläche (132) im Wesentlichen senkrecht zu einer zweiten Fläche (134) des zweiten Kontaktelements (120) ausgerichtet ist, wobei die zweite Fläche (134) in der Installationsposition der Plattenbaugruppe (30) auch unmittelbar an eine flache Kante (136) eines geraden Abschnitts (138) des Halteelements (94) stößt.


     
    5. Die abnehmbare Scharnierabdeckung (28) für ein Klappenscharnier nach Anspruch 1 oder 2, wobei die Plattenbaugruppe (30) die Platte (44) umfaßt mit:

    einem männlichen Clip (82), der in einer Installationsposition der Plattenbaugruppe (30) in eine Öffnung des Dachs (14) eingreift; und

    einer weiblichen Klammeranordnung (72) mit einem Aufnahmeschlitz (80), der ein männliches Element, das sich vom Dach (14) erstreckt, in der Installationsposition der Plattenbaugruppe (30) aufnimmt.


     
    6. Die abnehmbare Scharnierabdeckung (28) für ein Klappenscharnier nach Anspruch 1 oder 2, wobei die Plattenbaugruppe (30) die Platte (44) umfasst mit:

    ersten und zweiten Lippendichtungen (40, 46), die mit gegenüberliegenden Außenkanten der Platte (44) verbunden sind; und

    mindestens ein Antivibrationsschaumpolster (50), das an einer ebenen Fläche (54) der Platte (44) befestigt ist; und

    wobei in einer Installationsposition der Platte (44) innerhalb der Klappenscharniertasche die erste Lippendichtung (40) unmittelbar eine erste gekrümmte Wand (102) des Daches (14) innerhalb der Mulde berührt und die zweite Lippendichtung (46) unmittelbar eine entgegengesetzt gerichtete, zweite gekrümmte Wand des Daches (14) innerhalb der Mulde berührt, wobei das mindestens eine Antivibrationsschaumpolster (50) zwischen einem ebenen Plattenabschnitt (100) des Daches (14) innerhalb der Mulde und der Plattenbaugruppe (30) angeordnet ist.


     
    7. Die abnehmbare Scharnierabdeckung (28) für ein Klappenscharnier nach Anspruch 2, wobei das Verkleidungselement (27) ein Formteil definiert, das zumindest teilweise die längliche Vertiefung (26) abdeckt oder einen Endabschnitt einer Dachschiene definiert.
     
    8. Die abnehmbare Scharnierabdeckung (28) für ein Klappenscharnier nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Plattenbaugruppe (30), wenn sie in die erste Drehrichtung gedreht ist, das Halteelement (94) mit der Durchgangsöffnung (126) des Kupplungsabschnitts (34) ausrichtet und das Einführen des Halteelements (94) durch die Durchgangsöffnung (126) des Kupplungsabschnitts (34) ermöglicht, um ein hakenförmiges Ende (124) des Halteelements (94) mit dem Kupplungsabschnitt (34) lösbar in Eingriff zu bringen;
    die Plattenbaugruppe (30), wenn sie in der Installationsposition innerhalb der Dachscharniertasche des Dachs (14) positioniert ist, zumindest teilweise einen Klappenscharnierbefestigungsbereich abdeckt; und
    die Plattenbaugruppe (30), wenn sie in einer zweiten Drehrichtung entgegengesetzt zur ersten Drehrichtung gedreht ist, das hakenförmige Ende (124) von dem Kupplungsabschnitt (34) löst, um die Plattenbaugruppe (30) aus der Installationsposition zu lösen.
     
    9. Die abnehmbare Scharnierabdeckung (28) für ein Klappenscharnier nach Anspruch 8, wobei die Plattenbaugruppe (30) einen männlichen Clip (82) aufweist, der in der Installationsposition der Plattenbaugruppe (30) in eine Öffnung des Daches (14) eingreift.
     
    10. Die abnehmbare Scharnierabdeckung (28) für ein Klappenscharnier nach Anspruch 8, wobei die Plattenbaugruppe (30) eine weibliche Clip-Baugruppe mit einem ersten positionierenden, minimal ablenkenden Zinken und einem gegenüberliegenden, zweiten maximal ablenkenden Zinken aufweist, die einen Aufnahmeschlitz zwischen sich definieren, wobei der Aufnahmeschlitz ein männliches Element aufnimmt, das sich vom Dach erstreckt, um die Plattenbaugruppe (30) in der Installationsposition zu halten.
     
    11. Die abnehmbare Scharnierabdeckung (28) für ein Klappenscharnier nach Anspruch 8, wobei die Plattenbaugruppe (30) ein erstes und ein zweites querliegendes Hakenelement (60, 62) aufweist, die einander gegenüberliegend angeordnet sind, wobei das erste und das zweite querliegende Hakenelement (60, 62) elastisch auslenkbar sind, um mit gegenüberliegenden Wänden der Dachscharniertasche des Dachs (14) in Reibkontakt zu kommen, wodurch eine Seite-an-Seite-Ausrichtung der Plattenbaugruppe (30) in entgegengesetzten Richtungen bereitgestellt wird um eine Positionsfixierung der Plattenbaugruppe (30) innerhalb der Dachscharniertasche bereitzustellen, und wobei die Plattenbaugruppe (30) vorzugsweise einen geformten Clip umfasst, der integral mit der Plattenbaugruppe (30) verbunden ist und ein drittes Hakenelement (70) aufweist, das senkrecht zu einer Ausrichtung sowohl des ersten als auch des zweiten Hakenelements (60, 62) ausgerichtet ist.
     
    12. Die abnehmbare Scharnierabdeckung (28) für ein Klappenscharnier nach Anspruch 8, wobei der Halter (33), wenn er am Dach des Kraftfahrzeugs (10) befestigt ist, im Wesentlichen unter einem Abschnitt einer Dachträgeranordnung positioniert ist, und wobei der Halter (33) vorzugsweise am Dach (14) unter Verwendung mindestens eines Befestigungsmittels befestigt ist, das sich durch eine in dem Halter (33) vorgesehene Öffnung erstreckt.
     
    13. Die abnehmbare Scharnierabdeckung (28) für ein Klappenscharnier nach Anspruch 1, wobei
    der Halter (33) im Wesentlichen unter einem Teil einer Dachträgeranordnung (24) positioniert ist,
    der Halter (33) ein Befestigungselement (114) mit einem integral verbundenen Kupplungsabschnitt (34) und einer Durchgangsöffnung (126) aufweist;
    die Plattenbaugruppe (30) ein Rückhalteelement (94) mit einem hakenförmigen Ende (124) aufweist, wobei die Plattenbaugruppe (30), wenn sie in einer ersten Drehrichtung gedreht ist, das Rückhalteelement (94) mit der Durchgangsöffnung (126) des Kupplungsabschnitts (34) ausrichtet, wodurch das Einführen des Rückhalteelements (94) durch die Durchgangsöffnung (126) ermöglicht wird, um das hakenförmige Ende (124) des Rückhalteelements (94) mit dem Kupplungsabschnitt (34) lösbar in Eingriff zu bringen;
    die Plattenbaugruppe (30) nach der Drehung in die erste Drehrichtung in einer Installationsposition innerhalb einer Dachscharniertasche des Dachs (14) positioniert ist und einen Klappenscharnierbefestigungsbereich zumindest teilweise abdeckt; und
    die Plattenbaugruppe (30), wenn sie in einer zweiten Drehrichtung entgegengesetzt zu der ersten Drehrichtung gedreht ist, das hakenförmige Ende (124) des Kupplungsabschnitts (34) löst, um die Plattenbaugruppe (30) aus der Installationsposition zu lösen, und wobei, wenn das hakenförmige Ende (124) des Halteelements (94) mit dem Kupplungsabschnitt (34) in Eingriff steht, die Plattenbaugruppe (30) vorzugsweise um eine Drehachse (38) in Bezug auf die Halterung (33) drehbar ist.
     
    14. Die abnehmbare Scharnierabdeckung (28) für ein Klappenscharnier nach Anspruch 13, wobei die Plattenbaugruppe (30) eine Platte (44) aufweist, mit:

    einer männlichen Klammer (82), die in der installierten Position der Plattenbaugruppe (30) in eine Öffnung des Daches (14) eingreift;

    einer weiblichen Klammeranordnung (72) mit einem Aufnahmeschlitz, der ein männliches Element, das sich vom Dach (14) erstreckt, in der Installationsposition der Plattenbaugruppe (33) aufnimmt; und

    einander gegenüberliegenden querverlaufenden ersten und zweiten Hakenelementen (60, 62), die in der Einbaulage der Plattenbaugruppe (30) elastisch auslenken, um in Reibungskontakt mit gegenüberliegenden Wänden der Dachscharniertasche zu kommen.


     


    Revendications

    1. Un ensemble de couvercle de charnière de porte d'ascenseur amovible (28), comprenant :

    un support (33) fixé sur un toit (14) d'un véhicule automobile (10);

    un ensemble de panneau (30) relié de manière amovible au support (33), l'ensemble de panneau (30) positionné en position assemblée étant au moins partiellement à l'intérieur et recouvrant une poche à charnière de rabat; et

    dans lequel le support (33) comprend un élément de fixation (114) ayant une partie d'accouplement (34) reliée d'un seul tenant, la partie d'accouplement (34) comprenant une ouverture de dégagement (126), et dans lequel l'ensemble de panneau (30) comprend un panneau (44) ayant un élément de retenue (94) relié d'un seul tenant au panneau (44), l'ensemble de panneau (30) lorsqu'il est tourné dans un premier sens de rotation alignant l'élément de retenue (94) avec l'ouverture de dégagement (126) de la partie d'accouplement (34) pour l'insertion et le retrait de l'élément de retenue (94) à travers l'ouverture de dégagement (126) permettant aussi à la fois la connexion et la déconnexion de l'ensemble de panneau (30) avec le support (33).


     
    2. L'ensemble de couvercle de charnière de porte d'ascenseur amovible (28) selon la revendication 1, comprenant en outre: une dépression allongée (26) formée dans le toit du véhicule (10); et
    un élément de garniture (27) placé à l'extérieur de la dépression allongée (26); dans lequel le support (33) est positionné à l'intérieur de la dépression allongée (26) et fixé à chacun des éléments du toit (14) à l'intérieur de la dépression allongée (26) et à l'élément de garniture (27) ; et dans lequel
    la poche à charnière de rabat est située à l'arrière de la dépression allongée (26).
     
    3. L'ensemble de couvercle de charnière de porte d'ascenseur amovible (28) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel la partie d'accouplement (34) de la support (33) comprend en outre un premier élément de contact (118) et un second élément de contact (120) situés dans une cavité (116) de la partie d'accouplement (34).
     
    4. L'ensemble de couvercle de charnière de porte d'ascenseur amovible (28) selon la revendication 3, dans lequel:

    l'élément de retenue (94) comprend une extrémité en forme de crochet (124) en contact direct avec le second élément de contact (120), l'élément de retenue (94) étant directement en contact avec le premier élément de contact (118) définissant la position installée de l'ensemble de panneau (30); et

    une surface intérieure (130) de l'extrémité en forme de crochet (124) vient directement en butée contre une première surface (132) du premier élément de contact (118) dans la position installée de l'ensemble de panneau (30) et dans lequel de préférence l'extrémité en forme de crochet (124) de l'élément de retenue (94) est orientée substantiellement perpendiculairement à une partie droite (138) de l'élément de retenue (94); et

    la première surface (132) est orientée substantiellement perpendiculairement à une seconde surface (134) du second élément de contact (120), la seconde surface (134) étant directement contiguës à un bord plat (136) d'une partie droite (138) de l'élément de retenue (94) dans la position installée de l'ensemble de panneau (30).


     
    5. L'ensemble de couvercle de charnière de porte d'ascenseur amovible (28) selon les revendications 1 ou 2, dans lequel l'ensemble de panneau (30) comprend le panneau (44) ayant:

    un clip mâle (82) engagé dans une ouverture du toit (14) dans une position installée de l'ensemble de panneau (30); et

    un ensemble de clips femelle (72) ayant une fente de réception (80) capturant un élément mâle s'étendant depuis le toit (14) dans la position installée de l'ensemble de panneaus (30).


     
    6. L'ensemble de couvercle de charnière de porte d'ascenseur amovible (28) selon les revendications 1 ou 2, dans lequel
    l'ensemble de la panneau (30) comprend le panneau (44) ayant:

    des premier et second joints à lèvre (40, 46) reliés aux bords extérieurs opposés de le panel (44); et

    au moins un coussin en mousse anti-vibration (50) fixé sur une surface plane (54) de la panneau (44); et

    dans lequel, dans une position installée du panneau (44) à l'intérieur de la poche à charnière de rabat, le premier joint à lèvre (40) est en contact direct avec un premier paroi incurvée (102) du toit (14) à l'intérieur de l'auge, et le second joint à lèvre (46) est en contact direct avec une seconde paroi incurvée du toit (14) à l'intérieur de l'auge, tournée à l'opposé, avec le au moins un coussin de mousse anti-vibration (50) positionné entre une section de panneau plane (100) du toit (14) à l'intérieur de l'auge et l'ensemble de panneau (30).


     
    7. L'ensemble de couvercle de charnière de porte d'ascenseur amovible (28) selon la revendication 2, dans lequel l'élément de garniture (27) définit une moulure couvrant au moins partiellement la dépression allongée (26) ou définit une partie d'extrémité d'un rail de toit.
     
    8. L'ensemble de couvercle de charnière de porte d'ascenseur amovible (28) selon selon la revendication 1, dans lequel:

    l'ensemble de panneau (30), lorsqu'il est tourné dans le premier sens de rotation, aligne l'élément de retenue (94) avec l'ouverture de dégagement (126) de la partie d'accouplement (34), permettant l'insertion de l'élément de retenue (94) à travers l'ouverture de dégagement (126) de la partie d'accouplement (34) pour engager de manière amovible une extrémité en forme de crochet (124) de l'élément de retenue (94) avec la partie d'accouplement (34);

    l'ensemble de panneau (30), lorsqu'il est positionné en position installée dans la poche de charnière du toit (14), couvre au moins partiellement une zone de fixation de la charnière de porte d'ascenseur; et

    l'ensemble de panneau (30), lorsqu'il est tourné dans un deuxième sens de rotation opposé au premier sens de rotation, libère l'extrémité en forme de crochet (124) de la partie d'accouplement (34) pour libérer l'ensemble de panneau (30) de la position installée.


     
    9. L'ensemble de couvercle de charnière de porte d'ascenseur amovible (28) selon la revendication 8, dans lequel l'ensemble de panneau (30) comprend un clip mâle (82) engagé dans une ouverture du toit (14) dans la position installée de l'ensemble de panneau (30).
     
    10. L'ensemble de couvercle de charnière de porte d'ascenseur amovible (28) selon la revendication 8, dans lequel l'ensemble de panneau (30) comprend un l'ensemble de pince femelle ayant une première broche de positionnement, à déflexion minimale, et une seconde broche opposée à déflexion maximale définissant une fente de réception entre elles, la fente de réception capturant un élément mâle s'étendant depuis le toit pour retenir l'assemblage de panneau (30) dans la position installée.
     
    11. L'ensemble de couvercle de charnière de porte d'ascenseur amovible (28) selon la revendication 8, dans lequel l'ensemble de panneau (30) comprend des premier et second éléments de crochet transversaux (60, 62) se faisant face l'un l'autre, les premier et second éléments de crochet transversaux (60, 62) se déformant élastiquement pour entrer en contact par frottement avec les parois opposées de la poche de charnière du toit (14), permettant ainsi d'aligner côte à côte l'ensemble de panneau (30) dans des directions opposées et d'assurer le maintien en position de l'ensemble de panneau (30) dans la poche de charnière du toit et dans lequel l'ensemble de panneau (30) comprend de préférence une pince moulée reliée d'un seul tenant à l'ensemble de panneau (30) ayant un troisième élément de crochet (70) orienté perpendiculairement à une orientation des premier et deuxième éléments de crochet (60, 62).
     
    12. L'ensemble de couvercle de charnière de porte d'ascenseur amovible (28) selon la revendication 8, dans lequel le support (33), lorsqu'il est fixé au toit du véhicule automobile (10), est positionné en substantiel sous une partie d'un ensemble de barres de toit, et dans lequel le support (33) est de préférence fixé au toit (14) en utilisant au moins une attache s'étendant à travers une ouverture créée dans le support (33).
     
    13. L'ensemble de couvercle de charnière de porte d'ascenseur amovible (28) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel
    le support (33) est placé substantiellement sous une partie d'un ensemble de barres de toit (24),
    le support (33) comprend un élément de fixation (114) ayant une partie d'accouplement (34) intégralement reliée et une ouverture de dégagement (126);
    l'ensemble de panneau (30) comprenant un élément de retenue (94) avec une extrémité en forme de crochet (124), l'ensemble de panneau (30), lorsqu'il est tourné dans un premier sens de rotation, alignant l'élément de retenue (94) avec l'ouverture de dégagement (126) de la partie d'accouplement (34) permettant l'insertion de l'élément de retenue (94) à travers l'ouverture de dégagement (126) pour engager de manière libérable l'extrémité en forme de crochet (124) de l'élément de retenue (94) avec la partie d'accouplement (34); l'ensemble de panneau (30) après rotation dans le premier sens de rotation est positionné en position installée dans une poche de charnière de toit du toit (14) et couvre au moins partiellement une zone de fixation de charnière de porte d'ascenseur; et
    l'ensemble de panneau (30) lorsqu'il est tourné dans un deuxième sens de rotation opposé au premier sens de rotation libère l'extrémité en forme de crochet (124) de la partie d'accouplement (34) pour libérer l'ensemble de panneau (30) de la position installée, et dans lequel lorsque l'extrémité en forme de crochet (124) de l'élément de retenue (94) est engagée avec la partie d'accouplement (34), l'ensemble de panneau (30) peut de préférence tourner autour d'un axe de rotation (38) en ce qui concerne la support (33).
     
    14. L'ensemble de couvercle de charnière de porte d'ascenseur amovible (28) selon la revendication 13, dans lequel l'ensemble de panneau (30) comprend un panneau (44) ayant:

    un clip mâle (82) engagé dans une ouverture du toit (14) dans la position installée de l'ensemble de panneau (30);

    un ensemble de pince femelle (72) ayant une fente de réception capturant un élément mâle s'étendant depuis le toit (14) dans la position installée de l'ensemble de panneau (33); et

    les des premier et deuxième éléments de crochet (60, 62) qui se déforment élastiquement pour entrer en contact par friction avec les parois opposées de la poche de la charnière de toit dans la position installée de l'ensemble de la panneau (30).


     




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