While installing my under awning LEDs I noticed my top awning bracket had a crack. I decided to remove it to see how bad it was and if fell apart in two pieces. Lucky for me I just bought a spool gun for my welder and was able to fix it. Welding aluminum sure is fun
I think the reason it broke is because when the awning is fully retracted it slightly twists the awning arm before motor shuts off. I think this eventually cracked the bracket. You might want to check your!