It is not every day that you need to replace or repair the Suzuki Esteem axle shaft. After all, the axle shaft often outlives your car. But that is not to say that the axle shaft is indestructible. Metal fatigue and accident can cause your axle shaft to crack or break, forcing you to perform emergency troubleshooting. You should know what actions to take if any of these problems comes up.
Bent axle is more common to pickup trucks since it is easier for drivers to go over the prescribed payload capacity, but this is also possible to a small car like the Suzuki Esteem. Regardless of the size of the car, metal fatigue can cause the axle shaft to bend and can leave your car wobbling as you drive. When this happens, the only solution is to replace the axle shaft. Now, it is hard to see the bent axle shaft with the naked eye so it is very important to recognize the signals that your car is giving you. Watch out for unusual vibrations and wobbling especially at high speed.
Another result of metal fatigue, a cracked axle shaft can break and put your car into a spin. The problem is, unless you remove the axle shaft, you will never know if it is cracked or not. And because you can never really inspect your axle shaft under normal circumstances, a cracked axle shaft cannot be detected right away. Normally, the crack should be large enough before you can spot it, but if you see the brake seal leaking, causing oil and dust to accumulate around the brake drum, then suspect that the axle is cracked. Once you spot the problem, go to your mechanic for proper actions.
Your axle shaft is neither bent nor cracked. The clicking noise may be caused by axle bearings that lack lubrication. If you suspect that this is the problem, do not disassemble your axle without performing a thorough road diagnostic test. Look for rumbling and growling sound when changing lanes at highway speed or making a turn that puts shifts the weight from one side of the car to the other.