My 95 T-Bird tie-rods came with grease fittings. The factory originals were straight grease fittings, and you had to remove the wheel to get the gun on them.
The aftermarket ones that I bought had a right angle grease fitting on them, and you can grease them with the wheel still on the car.
A tie rod is kinda like a ball joint, and when it gets dry, it can make eerie creaping and groaning sounds, which would rival those heard in a haunted house.
I am speaking from several first-hand experiences with them.
The noise will be heard as soon as you turn the steering wheel ANY amount.
Steve - TCCoA member
2003 Crown Vic LX Sport
1995 T-Bird LX 4.6 retired at 247,888 miles
Thanks for the ride !