The OVERRUNNING ALTERNATOR DECOUPLER™ (OAD™) is a patented technology of Litens Automotive Group. Litens hold exclusive rights to this technology for use in all original equipment and replacement applications as well as other markets.
No other product design is appropriate for use in place of a Litens OAD™ DECOUPLER on any vehicle application originally equipped with OAD™ technology. The use of any other replacement technology, regardless of design, could lead to severe damage to the vehicle's belt drive system and related components.
For example, the use of an overrunning alternator pulley (OAP, or "one-way clutch") on an application requiring an OAD™ DECOUPLER is inappropriate and a potential cause of severe damage in all installations requiring OAD™ technology.
Use of a solid pulley in place of an OAD™ DECOUPLER on such applications also can cause severe damage.
Any attempt to copy or "design around" the Litens OAD™ DECOUPLER design, technology and other intellectual property is strictly forbidden by law.
Corresponding U.S. patents held by Litens include: #6 083 130; #5 139 463; and #5 156 573.