I have a ball joint and a tie rod end that both have bad boots. The ball joint boot is ripped at the center around the entire circumference. The tie rod end's boot isn't ripped, but it has come up from it's bottom seat and I see a bit of grime has gotten in. There is no play at all in the suspension. There is no pull while driving. There is no irregular wear on the tires. This is a 2006 crv 2wd AT.
The thing is, I believe the standard procedure after replacement is to do an alignment. Yet, I am questioning why that is absolutely necessary. What usually happens is people normally take their stuff in for alignment when they notice a problem (due to worn ball joints/tie rod ends etc) and alignment happens after they get repairs. But in my case, I have no wear, just visibly damaged boots.
For the ball joint, I just don't see why an alignment is necessary. What is the difference old to new that would set the alignment off? Has anyone had similar circumstances where the problem was only at the boot-tear stage where no alignment post repair caused some sort of issue?
With the tie rod end, I suppose I could see an issue if the new tie rod end wasn't threaded onto the rod at the same location as the old. Yet, I would think that if you used a caliper to precisely measure the locations, one could do the r & r without the need for an alignment. Has anyone done these with no post repair alignment successfully?