The jeep is is a cj5  when i start out driving its fine but when i get to about 25-30 miles an hr she makes a noise in the front end that is horendous. vibration grrrrr. I do have a bit of play in the front wheels up and down.[drum brakes] But upon further inspection the 1 tie rod end tube is bent. are they suppost to be bent for clearance? or could this be my issue? I was also thinking it could be my carrier bearings. would I hear the bearings at low speeds? If the hubs are in the free mode would that cancel out the noise? I just bought this truck so i;m trying figure this noise out.
I had a similar problem in my work truck and it turned out to be a bad U joint and drive shaft... Only difference was mine was more prominent during rapid acceleration. But yes vibrations and grinding noise wil have you chasing many false leads. Look over the Jeep and try to find obvious problems first. I don't like the sound of anything being bent if you didn't do it yourself and know why you did it.
Yes, the tie rod and drag link should be strait. Replace the bent parts and take it in for a front end alignment. You may want to replace the wheel bearings first to eliminate any slop. That would eliminate any chance of the front end being the culprit. Check all your U-joints and replace as necessary. Also check to make sure the drive lines are phased correctly.
I have been chasing a vibration in mine which starts when I hit a bump. Replaced the tires (due anyway) and the steering damper shock, some improvement but still would vibrate on occasion. I knew I had slop in the power steering gear. All of the tie rod ends had been replaced and the wheel bearings were checked. I even replaced the steering column down to the steering gear. BUT when I replaced the steering gear, it was like driving a new CJ. Steering was tight again. So far the vibration/noise hasn't reappeared. Also less oil on my garage floor.
Cost for a reman power steering gear at NAPA: $180.00. Value: priceless
This may sound really dumb but if you have a 258 check the water pump, mine used to vibrate at speed and I finally traced it back to a worn out water pump. With Jeeps there could be thousands of vibrations and only one of them could be a problem.