3 Ways to quiet wind noise on a 2016 Ram 1500
Wind noise is one of the most common complaints you hear about the 2016 Ram 1500. Jerome wrote in to a popular forum about his issue. Jerome says, “The truck has a lot of wind noise while driving on the hwy.” Many say that the noise is much worse at higher speeds and frequently sounds like a cross wind whistling through the cab of the truck. There have been several suggested solutions.
Wind noise from the folding tow mirrors
There are a number of people that say that you should fold your big tow mirrors while on the highway. Grant, from Arkansas, is one of the owners in this camp. Grant says, “Seems all that have tow mirrors have this problem, it's the extra weight I guess.”
Spark says that it was the dealer that told him about the mirrors and it still didn’t fix the problem. “I’ve had my truck at the dealer twice now, 2016 Laramie. The first time they said they couldn’t hear anything till I had him jump in the truck with me and within seconds he said "Oh now I hear it". They kept the truck for a few days and couldn’t fix it. The second time they said it was the tow mirrors and they couldn’t do anything about it. So annoyed with the sound right at ear level it cost them a sale on a new Hard Rock edition Jeep, not giving them anymore of my money. It may be petty but when I’m in the truck for 10-12 hour drive it just bugs the [email protected]#$ out of me.
Several people suggested that if you aren’t able to fold the mirrors, you should tape up the plastic seams on the mirror where it folds to cut down on an apparent whistling noise.
Check the door seals
Several owners say they have had luck with taping up the rubber door seals on the edges of the doors. If the seal doesn’t fit correctly, it can allow a lot of wind noise. One driver said that he stuffed a rolled up shirt into the door to quiet the noise.
Replace the window seals
This seems to be the answer that has fixed most wind issues on the 2016 Ram 1500. MD explains it this way. “I had wind noise coming from the very front edge of the driver’s side window. Slight pressure on the inside of the window would make the noise go away. Just before a recent 2K mile trip, not wanting to hear that noise for the whole drive, I stopped in the dealer to see if they could find and fix it. After some test drives with various joints taped shut, they diagnosed it as a bad seal where the window seals in the door frame. They ordered the seal and were able to get it installed before my trip. Work order indicated that they had to remove the interior door panel and window to change out the seal. Took about 2 hours on the return visit but they gave me a loaner truck to run some errands while they did the work. No more wind noise.
Part they changed was "Mopar 55112367AF - Seal-Glass Run". Seems it is available on Amazon for $25. Just google the part number for multiple sources.”
Wayne, from Huntsville, Texas, has a similar story. Wayne says, “I had some wind noise in my "16 Lone Star. It ended up being the front window channel on both sides. It was the vertical piece at the front of the windows that is about 7-8 inches tall. The technician took it out and readjusted it and no more noise. A lot of us thought it was caused by the towing mirrors, but ended up being at the windows. Hope this helps.”
It would be great if the recommendations end up solving the problems for all of the 2016 Ram 1500 owners who are upset with the wind noise. It is important to note that there isn't a Technical Service Bulletin on this defect but service departments should be aware of the problem and the fix.