Originally Posted by J_C
Some '88s (all?) don't even have a rear sway bar, making them a real whale in cornering.
See if you can dig up receipts, while you probably have an alignment issue it would be good to know when the struts were last replaced, then replace those before the alignment instead of paying for an alignment twice.
Also, if there is a chance those are the original struts you might have a MAJOR safety issue. I didn't realize how old the struts were on my '88, thought it was just a sloppy handling car, then one day shortly after I got it I realized just how bad they were when the front strut rusted through on the spring seat and the front end rode on the tire. I was really lucky I wasn't taking a curve or on the interstate when it happened.
Right. Bad shocks are extremely unsafe.
Try this. Get to one corner of your car. Push the car down with all your weight, and quickly release it. If it comes back up to the same level and stops, you're alright. If it bounces up and down before leveling out, you need new shocks. Repeat for all corners.