My 98 v70 t5 is handling badly and making clunking noise from the right front. I looked at it and tested it for bad tie rod ends by lifting one wheel off the ground and seeing if there was any play in the front end. I found it had about 1/4 inch of movement side to side and thought it was inner tie rod end. When I took it to my mechanic, he said it was not enough to worry about, it was probably looseness in the steering rack and had the car aligned. My problem did not go away and when I took it back, he found I had a loose piston rod in the right front strut. (Bilstein HD about 2 years old). I am sure the strut will account for the noise but I am still concerned about the side to side movement between the front wheels. I thought it was unacceptable to have any movement what so ever. How will the car track if the front wheels are not firmly connected together? I am about to have the strut installed and wonder if I should push to have the tie rods replaced even though he thinks I don't need them. What is an acceptable amount of play in the front end?