A&E Awning Brace Knob Frozen '99 Safari
I have one of the later model A&E awnings on my Safari. This weekend, the knob on one of the awning braces stopped turning. Fortunately I was able to open and close the awning, as it froze in a semi loose postion. I blasted it all weeking with Liquid Wrench to no avail. The nut, which usually is held in place by the brace channel "pops" around as you turn the knob (BTW, unlike some of the replacement parts I have seen, the nut is hexigonal not square). I say "pop" vs. spin as I think if it wasn't frozen, that the channel would shill hold it, but with it frozen, I can exert enough force on it to have it move around. I tried squeezeing the channel to hold the nut that seemed to work, but it was still frozen. Kind of weird as I haven't had any indication that the knob was tighening up from corrosion (it doesn't seem rusty, but rather corroded, perhaps it's aluminum. In any event, after all that, my question is, would it be problematic to heat up the bolt that resides in the aluminum channel, I am concerned that perhaps the channel might deform etc. Anyone have any thoughts on that or perhaps other ways of loosening the knob fro the bolt?
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