Ram Has a Spare Tire Issue
2014-2015 Ram Pro Master vehicles are equipped with a spare tire winch. The customer may complain about a squeak noise at the rear, and/or being unable to lower or raise the spare tire/wheel.
The spare wheel/tire winch is located behind the right rear tire.
- Start to lower the spare wheel/tire. Only loosen the winch 3-4 turns.
- If the spare does lower, proceed to Step 4. If it does not lower, proceed to Step 3.
- Reach under the vehicle, grab the tire and move it around to free it from the undercarriage.
- Lower the wheel/tire all the way and remove it from the winch.
- Raise the vehicle on a hoist and inspect the anti-chip coating. Check for excessive coating/sags that may have caused the tire to bind in the opening.
- Carefully trim off any excessive coating, making sure not to remove too much of the coating.
- Lubricate the shaft on the winch spring seat to help reduce rattle/squeaks.
- Use a pitman shaft puller to help compress the spring.
- Hand tighten the puller to gain access to the lower part of the bushing.
- Pull up on the bushing to expose the lower part of the bushing.
- Spread lube around the lower part of the bushing (Chrysler recommends Nye Synthetic Lubricant 05019061AA.
- Loosen and remove the pitman shaft puller.
- If needed, reposition the cables closer to the body by pushing the cables up until they are about 2 inches from the floor.
- Lower the vehicle and put the spare wheel/tire back on the winch.
- The cable must be located between the floor pan and tire.
- Raise the spare wheel/tire with the winch. When the wheel/tire has been lifted completely, a yellow mark will appear in the winch window.