Hi was reading this thread and have similar problem with my 147jtd 16v where I have play in the steering. Getting a horrendous rattly knocking noise from it. I know its not any of the other suspension parts as these have all been recently replaced including the anti-roll bar which I upgraded to the thicker GTA bar.
When jacked up there is horizontal play on the passenger side but no play on the driver's side. The play seems to be inside the gaiter.
SYMONH I saw that you mentioned the inner tie rod and was was hoping that this would be the problem and not the whole rack. If this is the problem how easy are they to change and do I need to take any of the subframe back off(hope to hell not).
Cheers for any help.
Also would like to say Hi as this is my first post. Also sorry for not posting earlier and saying thank you to all the people who's valuable knowledge of the inner workings of Alfa's have helped me save a fortune in garage bills.