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Tundra Owners Unite To Bring Attention to Wastegate Problem on 2022 Toyota Tundra

In a developing problem, 2022 Toyota Tundra owners say they are fed up with Toyota’s inability to solve this problem in a swift manner. Some say they’ll hit Toyota with the Lemon Law.


The lemon law is any law that protects the buyer, or lessee of a brand-new car from any sort of defective problems that the dealer does not correct. This could include a fine to the dealer or even a simple warning depending on the severity of the problem. Some owners choose to threaten dealers with The Lemon Law if they do not resolve the issue at their expense. Others simply threaten a class action lawsuit if this problem persists with no solution from the corporate or the dealer. I am not a lawyer nor a professional of the law however any right-minded person could tell you it’s better to solve a problem if you know you are in the wrong and let the complainer take it to court.

The 2022 Toyota Tundra is a hit or miss when it comes to problems. Whether it’s brake rotors or oil change or a complete engine switch, the Toyota Tundra does not fail to impress. The Tundra is a pickup truck. Thus it is used by some owners as a work truck. By definition of standards, a work truck should be reliable and rugged, built to last, built to be thrown around and still survive, etc. To this date, the only pickup truck that has passed every single test thrown at it is any 1980s Toyota Hilux or Pickup.

However, a recent angry and developing post on Facebook’s 2022+ Toyota Tundra owner’s group showed just how fed-up Tundra owners were with the service they received from Toyota. David Nguyen wrote, “Engine light turned on and I couldn't accelerate. I think it went into limp mode. Of course, Toyota checked it out and said to continue to drive it they couldn't find any issues. I'm stuck with an unreliable truck for work now.”

Tundra Owners Unite To Bring Attention to “wastegate” Problem on 2020 Toyota Tundra

In the post, he also said that he wants more people to step up so they can win this “battle” with Toyota. So the whole problem with this wastegate is that gasses from the turbo that go through the wastegate which is a part designed to channel gasses away from the turbo are not getting anywhere near and are backing up thus creating turbo back-pressure, choking the engine. This automatically puts your engine in “limp mode” and tells you to go see a dealer.

Let’s take a look at what other owners are saying about the wastegate issue. Hunter Weikle said, “Mine went out about 12 hours after I drove it off the lot. That was March 1st. I got the truck back on April 23rd. Toyota provided me with a loaner Camry but after a month of waiting, and knowing it could possibly be another month, I contacted corporate and was provided with a Tacoma.” He also said the service the dealer provided him was immaculate and they refunded him his first two monthly payments.

Now granted, the dealer doesn’t make these cars. Your frustration over mechanical issues should be with Toyota. However, the dealer’s service should be your concern. Get mad at your dealer only if they don’t want to fix the problem. I don’t affiliate with any dealerships, and I know many dealership owners who are top-rated in service in the industry. Every dealer is different, and some are just in the business to take your money while others are in it to help you make a great decision.

Derek Lyons said, “They’ve had our 22 for two weeks now putting a new engine in it.” A new engine is a pretty big job. I reached out to Derek and asked if this would be covered by his warranty, still no comment as of this date.
The wastegate problem is a real and annoying problem some Tundra owners face. Will Toyota do anything about it?

Hopefully so because the Tundra is a highly loved car by many. Hopefully, this problem doesn’t deter prospective or current buyers because, in its lifetime, the Tundra has proved to be reliable and rugged.

What do you think? Feel free to share your wastegate-dealer experience and share what they did for you.

Harutiun Hareyan is reporting Toyota news at Torque News. His automotive interests and vast experience test-riding new cars give his stories a sense of authenticity and unique insights. Follow Harutiun on Twitter at @HareyanHarutiun for daily Toyota news.


Bryan Burcham (not verified)    May 20, 2022 - 1:40PM

Get your year right.....2020 Tundra or 2022 Tundra?? How are so many getting 2022's? I travel all the Southeastern states and can't even see one at Toyota dealer.....

Mark martin (not verified)    May 23, 2022 - 4:16PM

In reply to by Bryan Burcham (not verified)

Dude 22 tundras are everywhere. I live up in new england and the hybrids and non hybrids arent hard to find. I guess im the lucky one so far with mine no issues as of yet. 7 k mils

Cheeph (not verified)    May 26, 2022 - 9:15AM

In reply to by Mark martin (not verified)

No, the people with problems are just unlucky. This is such a tiny issue - V8 lovers just want any excuse to bash the V6 and this is what they’re latching onto. I thought this story died in March.

Becker (not verified)    June 21, 2022 - 4:47PM

In reply to by Cheeph (not verified)

Well, complaining is justified when a brand new truck quits. Ours went out as I turned a corner and we were nearly hit by two other cars. Maybe 200 miles on it. Brand. New. Engine quit and I had to put it in park and restart and then the power steering failed. It’s been horrible and Toyota keeps saying now for 30 days, that corporate won’t tell the dealer how to fix it.

Harold (not verified)    May 20, 2022 - 8:09PM

I bought a new Tundra in 2005. I often pull a trailer w/Kubota tractor loader, back blade from Fla to SC. My truck...140000 miles. Never a problem. I am a former Toyota service manager. I think the older Tundras were the best if properly cared for.

Eric O (not verified)    May 21, 2022 - 9:35AM

One of the poorest written articles I have ever read. Where is the editor??? Title says "watergate" when ot's supposed to be wastegate. Title also says 2020 Tundra when clearly it's about the 2022 Tundra. Poor content all the way through. Dumb article.

Jeffery lorance (not verified)    May 21, 2022 - 9:36PM

My 2019 Tacoma TRD, brakes lock up after a turn on dirt roads in 4H & 4L , annoying happens a few times a week. Went to dealer 4x , NO fixes, did replace E-brake cables. Problem still exists!

Brakes locks on turns and after turns, Help!

Bob Mohl (not verified)    May 22, 2022 - 12:10AM

I had the same issue as my 2022 went into limp mode and the check engine light came on and was told to take it to the dealer. My dealer had it for 4 days and called me and told me the code that was stored in memory was an unknown code and Toyota would open up a case on it. The truck still hesitates when pulling out but runs fine afterwards. Not sure what to do.

Richard (not verified)    May 17, 2023 - 1:57PM

In reply to by Bob Mohl (not verified)

Hello I have the double cab 2 will drive 2022 tundra Turbo. I have 150:00 miles on the truck now at 5:00 miles. I started noticing the hedictation and lack of power from 0 to 10 mph I am afraid. I won't have power when I need it to get out of a sticky situation. Also my truck was sold to me with a recall on it I bought my truck In july and the rear Axle bolt was a recall in middle of June. A miles per gallof 18 and 24 are not near accurate. And the windows at 50 mph It's hard to drown out. And my plastic piece under my driver's side seat has broken.

Djdrauss (not verified)    May 22, 2022 - 5:39AM

Get your headline correct you said 2020 tundra that's incorrect its the 2022 tundra. I have a 2021 with a good old V8 and I'll keep it as long as I can I don't want a v6 no matter how many turbos you slap on it.

Kal (not verified)    May 22, 2022 - 8:45AM

This publication should be careful about what it's saying here, they could be spreading fake News that was spread by a 3rd party on social media that is well known to not get information.

Dennis Collins (not verified)    May 22, 2022 - 10:21AM

I have been told that the issue may be when you get in the truck and drive immediately after starting, it does not give the engine the proper amount of time to warm up. These are great trucks, but it does need a proper warmup Give it a try and see if it performs properly

Dante Merino (not verified)    May 22, 2022 - 12:22PM

I have a 2012 4.6 V8 tundra also that went into limp mode.
P0418- Secondary air injection system relay "A" circuit
P2441- Secondary air injection system switching valve stuck closed Bank 1
P2445- Secondary air injection system pump stuck OFF Bank1.
I took it to Toyota and spent $4,000 more/less then to fix a problem that should've be. recalled.
Basicly it seems Toyota are known for Limp Mode.

Jimmy Price (not verified)    May 23, 2022 - 11:17AM

In reply to by Dante Merino (not verified)

My 2012 4.6l Tundra had error code P2442 and the repair bill was nearly 4k. The dealer’s technician has video of water flowing out of the secondary air pumps. Since I hadn’t driven this through any standing water bigger than a puddle on the street, and no flowing water, where did this come from? Condensation over time in a poorly designed system is where.

Toyota should have a warranty fix for this with a redesigned secondary air system. Instead Toyota is content to have earned a reputation for limp mode and ridiculous repairs.

Sheri Brewer (not verified)    May 23, 2022 - 4:56PM

In reply to by Dante Merino (not verified)

I put a secondary air injection system bypass on mine at 40,000 miles because I refused to spend $4,000 to fix the problem that the 1st generation Tundras had a recall on, but supposedly fixed in the 2nd generation. I still love my Tundra, but it is annoying that Toyota can't seem to fix their air exchange problems effectively.

Harutiun Hareyan    May 24, 2022 - 8:56AM

In reply to by Dante Merino (not verified)

Hi Dante,
It seems like the 2022 is following the 2012's footsteps. Toyota wont issue a recall unless it either results in a class action lawsuit or it's cheaper to just do repairs. Recalls are very expensive.

Mark A. Stines (not verified)    May 22, 2022 - 8:58PM

I Hava a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 5.9 24Valve Diesel. 5 Speed manual trans. Never had a problem with it. KEEP YOUR TOYOTA.!!!

Paul S Petry (not verified)    May 22, 2022 - 9:32PM

I don’t know about the Hi-lux but I’ve got a 2004 Tundra TRD Double cab and I’ve always used it for work. Weight in the back and often pulling a14’ enclosed trailer. I’ve got 422,000 miles on it and no engine or trans work and it’s still smooth and no leaks. Great truck!!

A (not verified)    May 23, 2022 - 5:23PM

Just like Scotty says on utube, Toyota should stick with the V8. I've had two Tundra's, still driving the second one, the first one died long after my daughter had it.
and if you think that this is bad, try getting a hold of Nordictrack, I'm still waiting on a control board for my S22i sationary bike.