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Suzuki Esteem Axle Shaft

Common Suzuki Esteem Axle Shaft Problems

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 shaft

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.

Cracked axle shaft

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.

Clicking sound around the wheel area when making a turn

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.

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  • How to Make Suzuki Esteem Axle Shaft Last for a Long Time

    Ideally, an axle shaft is replaced after every quarter-million miles. That's how strong axle shafts are. But external factors can shorten the life of axle parts. To help reach its ideal lifespan, your Suzuki Esteem axle parts must be maintained just like other parts of your vehicle.

    • Maintain the entire axle assembly.
    • The entire axle assembly is composed of several mechanical parts, including the axle shaft. Working as one, this axle assembly transfers the energy from the differential to turn the wheels and make the car move. While each part is wearing out at a different rate, it affects one another. Left unchecked, one worn-out part, say the CV joint, can be fatal to the axle shaft and to the rest of the components in the axle assembly. That said, maintaining your axle shaft means maintaining all the parts that are connected to it.
    • Refer to the vehicle's owner's manual.
    • Knowing what part of the axle assembly needs to be replaced and when each part should be replaced is very crucial in maintaining the condition of the axle shaft. Again, every part of the assembly is interconnected and affects one another. Making sure each part is well maintained and timely replaced by referring to the vehicle's owner's manual.
    • Drive slowly on bumpy roads.
    • One of the best ways to effectively damage and kill your axle shaft is to drive too fast on bumpy roads. Your Suzuki Esteem isn't designed to be an off-roader and cannot sustain the abuse it takes from this road condition. Even if you feel less bumpy when driving fast in an uneven surface, it will take its toll on the metals that keep you comfortable. Drive slowly and drive carefully. That's the rule you should follow when driving on bumpy roads.
    • Do not exceed the payload capacity of your car.
    • Metal fatigue happens when you exceed the payload capacity of your car. This may cause your axle shaft to bend or crack. Metal fatigue worsens if you drive an overloaded car too fast on an uneven surface.