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My car sat for almost 2 years without being driven. NOw,,, the ride is rough, noisy, raggedy---terrible. I think it's the struts. When I press down on the front end it's bouncy. Help.

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Sounds like the fluid has drained out of your struts over time or all the seals have had it . If you're handy replace the struts,the strut bearings and check the ball joints and links.If you are not handy DO NOT try to replace them on your own , they can bite you really hard and put you in hospital.Might be a job for your local garage.Good luck.

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