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When the brake is applied or the car is in park the front left wheel moves front to back is this a bushing problem

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Take it to an alignment shop and get it checked for free. tell them you want to know what parts to buy before you get it aligned. when it is up on a lift a long pry bar can show you where the slop is coming from, could be the lower A frame bushings, could be the stablizer bar bushings. could be a few other things, unless you have a lot of tools and mechanical aptitude you are not going to do this yourself. It will have to be aligned when the worn parts are replaced anyway.

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