Originally Posted by jarpickle
So won't loosening and tightening the nut cause the tie rod end to go in and out of the sleeve(ball joint/inner tie-rod)
This is how the toe is adjusted and the steering is centered.
Loosening and tightening(not cause)allows the tie rod end to go in out of the sleeve with the help of ball joints
The procedure of alignment in short
Park the vehicle straight in position
Adjust turn plates and move the vehicle into it(the wheels are placed in turn plates)
Lock the brake
Place the sensors which is used to measure the alignment readings
After measurements lock the steering wheel(steering wheel are not always locked straight in position it is locked in the position as indicated by alignment machinery)
If any caster adjustment first with that
Then finally with tie rod end adjustment
(threaded side of tie rod end is connected to ball joints and the other end to the knuckle arm and the other side of ball joints are connected to steering rack )
After unlocking the tie rod end nut,the ball joints are rotated in clock or anti clock wise which makes the wheel to move towards inward or outward and this is how we set the wheel into desired alignment reading.
After setting wheel into alignment reading lock the the tie rod end nut.
And finally if the steering wheel is not straight/center,position it to straight/center and the alignment is done after that.