Housing with integral gasket components for a rearview mirror actuator assembly

  • US 6,362,548 B1
  • Filed: 03/07/2000
  • Issued: 03/26/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/14/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A first housing member for an electrically operated actuator for use in an exterior rearview mirror assembly, the mirror assembly including a reflective element, the actuator including a second housing, the second housing supporting at least one motor, gearing driven by the motor, and at least one mirror positioning member driven by the gearing to adjust the position of the reflective element, said first housing member comprising:

  • a base having at least one base opening for receiving the mirror positioning member, and said base including an elastomeric member molded at said base opening, said elastomeric member forming a flexible diaphragm, said flexible diaphragm including a diaphragm opening for receiving the positioning member, said base being adapted to connect said first housing member to the second housing member; and

    a gasket seal molded on said base from an elastomeric gasket material, said gasket seal for sealing said first housing member to the second housing member when said first housing member secured to the second housing member, said gasket seal spaced from said elastomeric member and including a connecting member extending along said base and connecting to said elastomeric member.

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