Axle brackets can also suffer in a linked suspension Jeep that has been in an accident. See the rust at the edge of this track bar/upper control arm bracket? That indicates that the bracket was flexed in the accident. Luckily, this can be straightened, but it could help explain a bent axle flange or housing and probably should lower the price of the used item a little because the axlehousing could be bent. If an axle is bent, it’s possible for a well-equipped axle shop to straighten it or retube the centersection. At worst, the axle is junk.