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Andersen Hitch Groaning

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I hate to bring up another problem with an Andersen WD Hitch but, I have a problem I am hoping someone has resolved.

As directed by Andersen, I compress the red bushings 1/4" when tightening the tension chain bolts.

While towing, I get metal on metal groaning sounds coming from the tension chain mounting brackets, on the trailer.

I removed the end bolts from the bracket and found indications rubbing wear on the link welded to the bolt, the first chain link and on the inside of the mounting brackets. (Pictured)

The sound can be heard almost all the way to highway speeds and loosening the chain does not help.  Andersen suggested tightening the chains even more but I have already reduced the chain length buy one link and have the chains as tight as I am comfortable making them.

Thoughts?

Thanks,

Andrew

 

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Andrew, Carianne and Buffy | San Diego, CA


2019 Legacy Elite II Hull #468 "California Burrito" | 2018 BMW x5 35d 

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In the first picture, is that some weld flash inside the bracket that shows the rub marking. The marks on the chain links in second picture don't appear to lineup. Ask for a new bracket.

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What you see in the first picture is a grove worn in the bracket from the link rubbing against it.  When the chain is inserted into the bracket, the rub marks line up.

The 3rd and 4th pictures are of the chain from the opposite side.

Anderson has offered two new chains.  That is nice of them but, it does not solve the rubbing problem.

Andrew


Andrew, Carianne and Buffy | San Diego, CA


2019 Legacy Elite II Hull #468 "California Burrito" | 2018 BMW x5 35d 

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