When replacing a tie rod end, I always count how many turns it takes to come off. Then, I put the new one on with the same amount of turns. This is not a sure way of having the correct alignment. I always do recommend you do an alignment after replacing a tie rod. Counting the turns just usually gets you pretty close to where it needs to be.
〉 Answered on Jun 19th, 2008 by Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management