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Play in front wheel

I noticed when my car was jacked up the front wheel had play in it when I moved it from side to side.What could this be?Could an average Joe fix this? Cost? Thanks Larry P.S. This is a 2004 Malibu LT

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Take a look again at the outer tie rod upon moving the wheel side to side. It it does show play take it in and have it done. You will need a front wheel alignment afterwards if the tie rod is replaced. The cost to have this done can be from $200 to $300 depending where you live

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