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2001 Dodge Caravan Drive Shaft/Transmission -- Accident damage

The left front side of our Caravan got hit hard by another car, basically a direct hit to the wheel/axle. There was a little body damage to the quarter panel and bumper but most of the force was on the middle to top of the wheel, with the wheel noticably at an angle and the strut bent. I was able to drive it home slowly and then on to the body shop. They only did visual check and think there was little damage to the joint/drive shaft/transmission. But while running it this is a noticably different sound in the transmission area, not a grinding sound or popping, just an odd sound while in drive. I'm afraid it is going to get much worse in the next few months and then I will be stuck with a big bill. What is the typical damage/issue to the drive train/tranny that can occur or soon develop when a car gets a direct hit to the left front axle?

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Personally I would not sign off the claim without that transmission being pulled out, & inspected. We're talking aluminum housing etc & that certainly doesn't stand up to a good whack, like the old cast iron did. At the least, I'd ask insurance company to have it examined by a dealership or transmission place , and get their assurance that nothing was damaged, in writing.

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