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Low Speed Tire Rubbing Sound

So the new 2014 I've got has a rubbing noise at low speed turns or bends in the road. It only takes 1/4 turn of the steering wheel to feel it.

I asked the GM of the dealership about it and he said might have something to do with the ABS and might be normal? I don't see how this is possible but I know stuff is hard to diagnose over the phone.

I had them install a 2" leveling kit so it has the plastic spacer above the front springs. I know it's not a tire rubbing (stock tires) but feels just like it. Also, if my brakes happen to be applied i can feel it through the brake pedal.

I've removed the front tires and visually checked all I can, and turned the wheels slightly while inspecting from under the truck. The only thing i've found remotely close to rubbing is the drivers side sway bar link being at an imperfect angle due to the spacers. Might loosen those up and drive to see if there's a difference but I think that's a shot in the dark.

Anyone else experience this?

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you need to have someone in the truck, and have them slowly drive and make it do whatever it's doing (rubbing if that's the case) and you'll be able to walk by it and inspect to see what it's rubbing. Could be a number of things.

Worse case scenario just make an appointment and bring it in. It's under warranty.

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I would have the alignment checked.

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If you have mud flaps on your truck, your tires could be hitting them when you're turning. I ended up having to use aircraft cable and some fittings to pull the mud flaps back from the tires.

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I have a 14 F-350 and have noticed I too have a rubbing when I turn on the road I live on. I held the mud flaps suspect, I will follow up on this..
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My truck has done the exact same thing since new and I have no mud flaps. I'm not sure why either.

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My truck has done the exact same thing since new and I have no mud flaps. I'm not sure why either.
Could be the inner wheel well mud/dirt protector moving around while you're turning or going over bumps. The screws in mine were stripped out on my truck and it would move around causing rubbing. My mudflaps also pulled the wheel well liner more towards the tires too since they weren't solidly anchored.

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i'm thinking that the dealer was right with his ABS theory, it seems to have less to do with turning the wheel (we're talking a quarter turn, basically nothing) and more to do with body roll when making said turn. i have even felt it "rub" going straight down the road.

stock tires, no mud flaps, 2" leveling kit. these tires are no where near anything.

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Could it not be the sway control? Thoughts?
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I noticed this to the first week I had the truck too, also have a 2" leveling kit. I flexed the truck every way possible and couldn't make the tires rub, it has to be the ABS or Sway Control. I'm not sure if you have to be connected to a trailer for the Sway Control to work?

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