If you have a Chevy Cruze with a P0299 error code, there is an issue with low pressure from the turbo.
The official definition of a P0299 code is “Turbo/Super Charger Underboost.”
What is a Chevy Cruze P0299 Error Code?
A Chevy Cruze P0299 code happens when the onboard computer (ECM) sees low pressure in the manifold.
It is an underboost code the ECM sends out when it detects an underboost condition exists.
The boost is the amount of positive pressure that is being created by the turbocharger.
When the pressure is low, an underboost condition will exist, which the ECM will receive through sensors and send out a P0299 code.
The ECM calculates the parameters with data from the mass airflow sensor, ambient temperature, engine load, RPM, and fuel injector duty cycle.
The manifold absolute pressure sensor measures how much boost there is.
The ECM will consider variations but there is a threshold of pressure needed or the ECM will send out a P0299 code.
3 Common Causes and Fixes P0299 Error Code Chevy Cruze
Two common failures in a turbocharger are the Wastegate arm and housing.
If the Wastegate arm is worn out and starts to stick, it will not close and seal, causing a problem.
A crack will cause the turbo, which should be building pressure, to leak, which will lead to low pressure.
Low pressure can lead the ECM to send a P0299 OBDII error code.
The leak can be on the intake manifold gasket, charge pipe to the intercooler, and charge pipe to the throttle body.
If the intake manifold check valve goes bad or has a leak, it can cause issues.
Examine the large PCV pipe at the back of the turbo inlet for a leak.
When a Chevy Cruze has a P0299 error code, there is a problem with the pressure created by the turbo.
While most mechanics will swap out the turbo with a new unit, the problem can also be elsewhere.
Before swapping out a turbo, be sure there is no intake manifold leak or any place the pressure can be lost.
Replacing the turbo is a straightforward task done by many DIY mechanics but of course, if in doubt, take your car to a professional.
Have you had a problem with a Chevy Cruze and a P0299 Code? Let us know your thoughts below.
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