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Jack the car up the wheel is loose would it be the bearings or axle

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The obvious (which you probably already did thing to check lst --are the lug nuts tight, is the center spindle nut tight. It could be the bearings,but I would then check your ball joints or tie rods. Grab the tire at the top and bottom, try to move the tire in and out. Have someone watching the ball joints to see if there is movement (aka, play, they are loose). Next grab the tire at the front and back, and again try to pull it in and out while someone watches. If you can see movement in these components, they should be replaced asap (car won't handle as well, tires wear out quicker, etc) good luck countrycurt0

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To complete the job follow these steps
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