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Can a Wastegate Go Bad? (Explained)

Updated: Feb 1

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A wastegate is an exhaust bypass valve that is used to control the boost pressure in a turbocharged engine.

It is an important component that helps to prevent the engine from being overboosted, which can cause damage to the engine and other components.

Yes, a wastegate can go bad if a part fails due to wear and tear, age and milage, or improper installation or repair. It can become stuck in the open or closed position and can cause a variety of issues.

In this article, we will discuss whether a wastegate can go bad, what the symptoms are and what it sounds like.

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an internal wastegate on a turbocharger

What Is a Wastegate?

A wastegate is a valve that is attached to the exhaust side of the turbocharger. It is used to control the boost pressure in the engine by regulating the amount of exhaust gas that is allowed to flow through the