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Snowferno 08-08-2012 07:15 PM

P0244 - Turbocharger Wastegate Solenoid A Range/Performance
Hey guys, I just got a 2005 LGT LTD 5EAT, drove it at the dealership all was good. Got home and went out maybe a half hour later. after about 15 minutes my car had the CEL light on and the "Cruise" light was blinking. Scanned the code and it came back as P0244 - Turbocharger Wastegate Solenoid A Range/Performance. I have only owned the car for about 4-5 hours. Starting to think that they may have cleared the code prior to me purchasing it. What have I gotten myself into here?

Balrock 08-08-2012 07:24 PM

Were you running WOT? I THINK that is boost cut. Did it feel really violent and slam hard when it happened? From the dealer...stock? This seems like an odd code if stock.

HAMMER DOWN 08-08-2012 07:27 PM

Just take it back to the dealer & let them dealer with it.

Snowferno 08-08-2012 07:31 PM

Yes it is stock, and yes i was doing a little pull i was trying to read up on the issue but it seems the majority of the people with this problem are either running higher than stock boost or have been tuned is some way or another

Balrock 08-08-2012 08:01 PM

I was tuned in the summer and when the cold air came in the fall I got the same thing from the extra boost from the colder temps. Sent Infamous a log and information and got a revision 3 months after I was tuned so he took care of it. I would definately takeit back to the dealer. Do you have an extened warranty? Plan on staying stock? Things to think about.

Snowferno 08-08-2012 08:50 PM

It was 90* here today so it was definitely not due to cooler air masses. How do I fix this issue? Do I need a new solenoid? Seems like alot of people with this problem are able to solve it Via tuning changes. But I'm not sure what to do because the car should not do this in its stock form right?

fahr_side 08-08-2012 09:48 PM

Have the dealer check the turbo wastegate actually operates. They can move out of position and get stuck.

If the wastegate operates properly It's probably a tuning issue. As mentioned, it's an overboost condition, the ECU protects the engine by cutting fuel as boost passes a preset threshold.
We often see this when a modified car is run on a stock map, for example where a high-flow downpipe is installed, or aftermarket wastegate actuator or boost control solenoid.
Another possibility is that you have a poor or incomplete stage 1 tune on the car and don't know it.

I'd ask the dealer to check the wastegate opens properly and look for non-stock hardware. If that's all okay I'd think about either getting a proper stage 1 tune or having the dealer reflash the latest ROM for your car to be sure you have a stock map on it.

Snowferno 08-09-2012 06:34 AM

Thanks for the help guys, the check engine light was off when I drove to work this morning, I am still going to get it checked out anyways but at least it doesn't seem as big of a horror story as I originally thought

iNVAR 08-09-2012 06:45 AM

Bring it back to the dealer. You literally just bought the car. It's their responsibility to fix this issue regardless of what the actual issue is.

Snowferno 08-14-2012 03:01 PM

Seems as if the solenoid was previously replaced with a non subaru replacement. I have an OEM Subaru solenoid going in tomorrow. Hopefully this solves the issue.

Balrock 08-14-2012 04:34 PM

Glad it was nothing big.Have fun with the car!

fahr_side 08-14-2012 10:32 PM


Originally Posted by Snowferno (Post 4026112)
Seems as if the solenoid was previously replaced with a non subaru replacement. I have an OEM Subaru solenoid going in tomorrow. Hopefully this solves the issue.

If you were tuned for an aftermarket 3-port solenoid, putting a stock one on the car will cause you to fall well short of whatever boost targets are set. Your car will be dog slow, but at least you won't see that CEL anymore!

Blue05GT 08-21-2012 09:10 PM

Had this issue, turned out to be a faulty wastegate, subaru replaced the turbo under the 60k warranty, no complaints on my end.

SpecB.08 10-05-2012 06:34 AM

Been running into this same exact issue as well (P0244 CEL). Stock 08 LGT Spec.B. One month ago they replaced the turbo. A week later the same CEL code came up. If I drive in Sport or Sport# and switch gears at 4,500 RPM (which isn't aggressive) the CEL pops every time. I'm under the 60K powertrain warranty so no money out of pocket. They are replacing the Wastegate Selenoid which they found was actually replaced by another dealer 2 years ago just prior to me buying the car. Seems like this has been a problem for a while.

I'll mention the tips to the dealer on reflashing the ROM and checking for stock tune maps.

Not sure I want to continue to mess with this outside of the warranty when that expires. Disappointed a bit with this whole experience.

Any other suggestions/thoughts?

ehsnils 10-05-2012 12:09 PM

A bad electrical connector or a bad ECU are my "other" thoughts.

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