Symptoms Showing a Worn Suzuki Sidekick Axle Assembly
Your Suzuki Sidekick axle assembly plays different important roles on your off-road vehicle. Its straight shaft holds the wheels together in a fixed position. More so, it absorbs forces from braking and acceleration as well as the actual weight of your vehicle. Because of its activities, your axle assembly is prone to wearing. When this happens, it is advisable to have it fixed or replaced as soon as possible. Diagnosing a worn axle assembly is easy as it shows obvious signs such as the following.
Noise when turning
The CV joint of your axle assembly is composed of bearings that turn smoothly in a constant velocity. These bearings wear out over time. Once they do, clunking or knocking sounds would be heard from every turn of your off-road ride. If the noise gets louder, it means the problem has escalated as the bearings are already moving too loosely inside the CV joint. At this stage, the joint is close to malfunctioning.
Like most steering components, your Suzuki Sidekick axle assembly works with smooth connections with the other parts. If there is any tension or resistance when you turn the steering wheel, there may be a lubrication problem with your axle assembly. When this happens, your axle assembly is not locking well with your steering knuckle. This makes it hard to control the vehicle's direction.
Noise when accelerating or slowing down
Noise when you accelerate or slow down is a sign that your CV joint is already damaged. This happens when the part could no longer stand the pressure it is receiving. As a result, it clashes with nearby components, making a clunking noise. Humming or growling sounds, on the other hand, is a result of a CV joint that is not greased well. It may be caused by lack in lubrication or a leak in the CV boot.
Damaged CV boot
Your axle's CV joint is protected by the CV boot which contains the grease that ensures smooth turning of the joint. This rubber boot is prone to damage that leads to more serious issues with your axle assembly. When you notice your CV boot having wears, tears, or holes, you should replace it immediately before contaminants damage your CV joint.