2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Tire Rub, Revisited
November 12, 2014
Senior Editor Josh Jacquot mentioned back in July that the tires on our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel rub the wheel wells in certain situations. Josh is probably going to try to garnishee my wages for saying this, but he's actually only half right.
How is this? Because only one of the wheels rubs. And it's the exact same situation every time.
That opening photo, of the driver's side front wheel area, shows the rub point on the fender liner, right near those two bolts. I wasn't sure what was going on for awhile, either, until I started turning the wheels full-lock both directions. The rubbing only occurs when you turn the steering wheel full lock to the right, at which point the left-side tire rubs up against the fender liner.
So the question is: Why is it doing this?
Before we delve any further, here's a photo of the passenger-side front wheel area. You'll see there aren't any rub marks on the fender liner here.
What is hard to tell from the opening photo is just how much the fender liner on the driver's side is sticking out into the path of the left-side tire. At first, before I looked at the other side, I thought maybe the fender liner had come unclipped, and just needed to be popped back into place.
Further inspection revealed this:
A super-tightly-wrapped, surprisingly rigid bit of electrical wiring behind the fender liner. At least, that's sure what it appears to be. Whatever it is, it's pushing the fender liner out where it shouldn't be, hence the tire rub.
Needless to say, we'll have the dealer take a crack at this.
Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor @ 16,481 miles