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2003 merc sable sedan rear pass. side strut top end seems to move when wheel is pushed in and out with car off jack but not when jacked up, strut bearing mount bad?

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The strut is bad when the car is jack up the strut is extended and theres no play but off the jack the strut to move most likely in the strut is worn

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