Admittedly, front end alignments are a mystery to me - I don't know much about what happens in the process. After today, I think I better go watch a video.
I went to get an alignment, and after returning home, I noticed some oil on my driver's LCA. At first, I thought, "oh God, I didn't tighten the oil filter, or possibly the oil drain plug when I did my oil change last weekend!!" However, the filter area is dry. The plug was a bit greasy, but nothing on ground where I park. I had plenty of oil on the stick.
I proceeded to pull off the tire, and found this. Notice the oil on the LCA, and how someone decided to get serious on the tie rods with a pipe wrench. The tie rod boot is dry.
The oil drained back to the rear of the skid where it meets with the mid skid. I'm not as concerned about the mess, but that seems like a lot of oil/spray for whatever they needed.
Passenger tie rod is the same, but everything is dry.
I dont' see anything much else in terms of witness marks, either side. I did notice that they sprayed their yellow marking spray on both tie rods as seen above. There's some more yellow spray on the front side of the driver's camber bolt, but it looks old.
So, what were they doing and do I need to be concerned?