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Does the new 2022 Toyota Tundra have turbo problems already?

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With 2022 Toyota Tundra trucks now in customer’s driveways, we are hearing a lot of chatter online about possible problems with the new 3.5-liter V-6 turbocharged engine. 

As a refresher, the new 3.5-liter V-6 turbocharged engine replaces the well regarded 5.7-liter V-8, and this new engine has a lot of Toyota faithful concerned. Ford had issues with its similar displacement turbo engine with regards to water collecting and causing the truck to go into limp mode. Also, with the occasional story of turbos failing and causing thousands in repairs, it is natural to be concerned about Toyota’s small displacement turbocharged engine. 

So, here’s what we know about any potential 2022 Toyota Tundra turbo problems.

What’s going on with the turbos?

The owner posts we are seeing all point to the same issue: the waste gate. This part “basically helps control the exhaust flow around the turbo turbine. It can help control boost pressure for the turbo,” according to Josh Burns, Toyota Product Communications.

For owners, this means the truck’s check engine light comes on and it needs service ASAP. Some owners are reporting the issue happens with less than 500 miles on the truck.

Complicating the issue is the location of the turbos on the rear of the engine, which means replacement can be tricky to access the part. Owners are reporting the cab is often removed to allow for easier access. To be clear, removing the cab isn’t unusual, and many mechanics have shared with us they do this all the time since engine bays have become quite cramped when working on a truck.

Cab off means this is a simple fix, right? Swap the defective part for the new part.

In theory, that is how it should work, however, part availability is causing some frustration. The fact is, most brand new trucks are followed some time later with replacement parts. For new truck owners, this means waiting for the replacement parts to become available. Combine this with all the supply chain shortages hitting the industry, and some owners could be without their new trucks for quite some time.

How many trucks are affected?

Naturally, you don’t want to get a truck with this problem. From what we can gather, this is a supplier issue with a bad batch of parts, and determining how many trucks are actually affected isn’t something Toyota is currently sharing. 

However, that doesn’t mean that Toyota isn’t monitoring the situation.

“As part of our commitment to customer satisfaction, we monitor available vehicle performance information in the field and take action where appropriate to address issues as they arise,” Burns said.

From our reading of the Facebook posts, we count three trucks with an issue related to this waste gate. This is by no means an official count, but it does give some idea on how widespread the issue is for the new truck. If you take our count and, say double or triple it, with forum posts and owners who simply aren’t sharing any issues they are having, you are into the 10s to 20s range of trucks affected.

Considering the truck has been shipped out now for the last few months, we can assume there are now hundreds of new Tundra trucks out there. With only say 10-20 of those trucks having this issue, it is likely this is a very small problem statistically. 

What about future problems? This is hard to say. We assume Toyota engineering has already traced the issue to trucks affected using VIN numbers and plant tracking numbers. They have also worked with the supplier on the issue, and our conclusion is this will be a small blip on the radar for the new truck. Our 2022 Toyota Tundra doesn’t have this issue, and we have more than 1,300 miles on the truck. 

The bottom line on 2022 Toyota Tundra turbo problems

Every new truck launch is bound to have an issue here or there, and every truck can have an issue years after it was launched since automakers routinely have to change parts throughout the years that generation truck is built. In short, crap happens. Aggravating? For sure.  

At the end of the day, Toyota Motor Sales will fix this issue and take care of its customers. It will just mean a little patience (or a lot) until those trucks get fixed.

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Tim Esterdahl

Automotive Journalist Tim Esterdahl has been a lover of trucks and SUVs for years. He has covered the industry since 2011 and has pieces in many national magazines and newspapers. In his spare time, he is often found tinkering on his '62 C10 pickup, playing golf, going hunting and hanging out with his wife and kids in Nebraska.

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  1. Steven J Anderson January 14, 2022

    If the engine light goes on for this issue, does it mean drive directly to your Toyota Dealer. There was some posts on Tundras.com Forum. QC issue on Platinum & 1794. When i confronted my dealer the sales manager stated he did not hear of this on the P & 1794 but on the SR5.

    My vehicle production date was completed and enroute. Estimated delivery 1/21/2021 – 1/26/2021. I will email you my truck delivery schedule seperately

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    1. Tim Esterdahl January 14, 2022

      Engine light coming on should be treated the same as an alert there is something going on and you should have the dealer look at it immediately.

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  2. Robert January 20, 2022

    Man I don’t wish this on anyone. I was affected by this with the first year of the eco boost in my 2011 f150. And it always happens going down the freeway for a hour or so at a constant speed then pulling off for lunch or gas. Then getting back on the freeway kicking it down to merge into traffic only to have it go into lump mode and needing to pull off so that tractor trailer doesn’t run over you. I ended up getting a prototype put I. Mine . It fixed it but 8 months of in andnout of the shop. I ended up suing Ford settled out of court for 20k. But I did end up with 9 years of no problems after the new intercooler was installed.

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  3. Jody January 20, 2022

    Hi Tim, my son just purchased a 2022 Toyota Tundra from Price Leblanc Toyota in Baton Rouge Louisiana and after driving the truck maybe 75-100 miles it went into limp mode and check engine light came on. After bringing it back dealerships it’s has been diagnosed with the turbo waste gate valve issue. The truck has been in dealership waiting on these new waste gate valves to come in from manufacture. We have been waiting 3 weeks now. So you have another one to add to your list.

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    1. Tim Esterdahl January 21, 2022

      That’s really unfortunate and sorry for your bad luck. Hopefully new parts will start rolling out soon!

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