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2000 caravan lound noise on acceleration...tranny???

Ok, it sounds as if our van has gotten louder and louder on acceleration (especially through first 3 gears). we took it in and the dealer said it was our tranny. There's no slipping or anything?????
We took it in for a second opinion and they said it was the tranny (not sure if they were told about our previous diagnosis though). we then started talking to people to see what they would do and ran into someone who said tranny issues are common for the 2000 dodge grand caravan but he also said that it could be dangerous to drive. He said something about a "pin" and that if the tranny goes out either it would go into neutral OR the steering would go out or get stuck because of this pin.
Could you tell me if it could be the tranny just b/c of the noise and no slipping and if it truely could be dangerous to drive?????
Thanks!

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The noise you could be hearing is gear noise. The gears could be whining as they turn. It could be the gears on the planets/hubs of the transmission "guts" that would be to far gone it they are making noise to matter. The only fix is tear down and replacing parts. The only pin that comes out is the differential pin which doesn't usually make noise if it creeps out slowly. It will just rub it's way through the bell housing and you'll see a leak. When it comes out not slowly......you'll know(BOOM!). Neither of which problems would effect steering or inherently be dangerous, just leave you stranded somewhere.

If you plan on fixing your tranny, stop driving and fix asap. The more you drive it, the more it will cost in parts. If you plan on buying a rebuild and using yours as a core, then by all means drive it until it quits if you like.

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