Coating on Striker: Low Coefficient of Friction to Avoid Creak Noise 2017-36-0329
The unpleasant noise (creak) originated from latch-striker interaction, perceived mainly when the vehicle is submitted to uneven road conditions is generated by stick-slip phenomenon mainly due materials incompatibility of contact surfaces. Generally, eliminate this incompatibility is unfeasible due technical and/or economics constrains; this scenario makes it necessary to act in other fronts to neutralize the effects of that incompatibility. Reduce the coefficient of friction from one of contact surfaces is an alternative that can be easily applied at striker through a thin thickness coating with that property.
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