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2001 AWD Dodge Caravan Knocks when in reverse

Earlier this year, my van got stuck in the snow. While digging out the snow, I kept spinning so I put on the brake and placed boards under the front tires to help with traction.
When I finally got the van out of the snow, there was a "weird" feel to the van. Kinda like driving over packy type snow. Now, whenever I put it in reverse, I hear and feel a knocking under the van. This only happens when I either put the van in reverse or when I put it in neutral and coast backward.
This sound knocks faster, the faster I go in reverse too. When watching, the drive shaft bounces up and down and looks like it's not set properly.
How can this be fixed and can I do it myself?

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I suspect you may have damaged a drive axle (CV joint assembly). If a joint is damaged, you might indeed have teh symptoms you described.
These are routinely replaced.

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Cv joint damaged & needs replacing

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