4 Tundra Turbo Problems and Fixes

The 2022 and 2023 Toyota Tundras come with a high-powered turbo engine. It is more efficient than the previous Tundra engines.

Yet, Tundra owners have noticed some issues with this turbo that are worth highlighting. So, today I will explain the problems of the turbo engine in depth.

The Toyota Tundra Turbo has four different issues that need to be addressed. In particular, a malfunctioning actuator, a faulty seal, a failed bearing, and a broken shaft.

I have discussed these 4 issues and their solutions in detail.

Problem 1: Faulty Actuator

When the actuator in your Tundra fails, excess exhaust gas flows into the turbocharger and causes engine damage.

Problem 2: Defective Seal

A turbocharger seal is a device that prevents engine oil from leaking into the turbocharger.

On the other hand, a defective turbocharger fails to prevent the oil from leaking.

Problem 3: Failed Bearing

A bearing is a device that prevents friction among the moving parts in the turbocharger.

The components rub against each other when the bearing fails, causing turbocharger problems.

Problem 4: Failed Shaft

A shaft is a long, metal stick that connects the wheels in a turbocharger. If the shaft does not work correctly, the engine loses its performance.

Cause of Toyota Tundra Turbo Problems

Mainly, turbocharger defects occur due to the following 8 reasons:

  1. Since the actuator is a device, its power degrades over time. After driving your truck for a long time, the actuator gets damaged and destroys its performance.
  2. An electrical signal from the ECU controls the actuator. Therefore, the actuator fails if there is any error in receiving this electric signal.
  3. Occasionally, a software issue in the ECU can cause the actuator to fail.
  4. The turbocharger wears out over time when you drive for a long time on dusty roads.
  5. The seal can wear out when the engine overheats.
  6. Even if the manufacturer installs turbocharger components improperly, the turbocharger can fail to work.
  7. Contaminated or poor-quality engine oil can cause the seal to fail prematurely.
  8. The turbocharger can wear out even if you drive your truck at high rpm for a long time.

Symptoms Toyota Tundra Turbo Problems

You may notice the following 8 symptoms when the turbocharger fails to work correctly:

  1. The first and foremost symptom of a turbocharger failing is that you will see the check engine light come on.
  2. Your truck will lose engine power, and you will not get full engine power during acceleration.
  3. You will hear noise from the turbocharger.
  4. Engine oil will leak into the turbocharger.
  5. The engine will overheat.
  6. You will see bluish smoke from the exhaust system.
  7. You will feel vibrations when the engine is on.
  8. If you don’t repair the issues, the turbocharger will eventually fail.

Solution to Toyota Tundra Turbo Problems

I have listed the solutions for each problem here according to the cause.

Mechanical Failure

Clean the actuator first and apply lubricant if it is not worn out. By cleaning the actuator, it may regain some of its performance.

And if the actuator is completely damaged, replace it.

Electrical Failure

Check the signal received from the ECU with a diagnostic tool. Reset the ECU settings if there is any error in signal reception.

And if the signal is correct but the actuator fails to receive it, replace the actuator.

Software Issue

If an error persists in the ECU software, contact a Toyota dealer to update the software.


Replacing the turbocharger will be the best solution if it is too old.

Engine Overheating

Find the cause of engine overheating and control the engine temperature.

False Installation

Check that the turbocharger components are correctly installed and reinstall if necessary.

Poor Engine Oil

If the engine oil is contaminated, drain it and refill it with good-quality new oil.

Driving at High Speed

Avoid driving the truck at high speed as much as possible.

Final Thoughts

Last but not least, if you notice any of the above symptoms on your Tundra, try to fix it yourself only if you are skilled enough.

Instead, contact a mechanic to help you diagnose and fix the actual problem.

In this article, I have discussed all the possible problems with the Toyota Tundra turbo in detail.

If you have any questions about Toyota, just let us know, and you will get your answer.

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