wheel noise when brake wire broke
We had the white wire on the right rear wheel brake at the splice, probably due to the Colorado roads. When we pulled into Golden we heard a rubbing, grinding noise. When I crawled under the trailer I discovered the broken wire. My theory, good or bad, is the road bouncing lets the brake pads loosen up beyond their adjustment point and rub against the wheel.
A trip to the auto parts store for a crimper, shrink tubing, and heat gun and I have it repaired. No more noise. So I assume the brake pads went back into their auto-adjusted position.
But the crimp did not hold on the 1000 mile drive back to the Houston area and we again noticed the noise when pulling into the neighborhood. No idea when the wire broke, it was fine in Amarillo so I'm assuming the last 560 miles. I have a ratchet crimper at the house so I fixed it, again. No noise taking it to storage.
I'm wondering if I should take it in for an axle inspection to make sure there was no damage done. We are still in the 3 year warranty period, if that might even be covered. And maybe they have a better connector; it looks like the main brake line is 12 gauge while the actual wire going into the brake assembly is 14 gauge, so the butt splice really should have the different sizes on each side.
We wrapped up a 4200 mile trip to Grand Teton and Yellowstone, so for that to be the only issue I guess I'm pretty happy. The top screw on the bathroom door was not holding so I shoved a toothpick in there and then the screw. Good as new.