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Common Buick Issue: Low Power

Make: Buick | Model Example: 2016 Encore | Avg. Mileage: 96318 | Job Number: 559694

Repair Issue:

Low power


Restricted Air Intake System – Restricted Exhaust System – Failed Turbocharger

Customer Concern:

Code P0299. Low power.


  1. Check engine oil level and condition.
  2. Watch for the wastegate rod to move when quickly accelerating to Wide Open Throttle (WOT).
  3. Listen for the turbocharger to spin up during wot accel.
  4. Verify the wastegate is closed. Inspect for wear on the linkage that would not allow the wastegate to close.
  5. Check for a restricted exhaust or intake system.

Tech Tip

Code P0299. Under boost condition.

Important Take-A-Way:

For low power issues, start your diagnose process with the wastegate and causes with it not working properly. Looking for a P0299 code could help save time by zeroing in on the right fix faster.

Most Popular Fix:

Replaced/Repaired Turbocharger – Replaced/Repaired/Tightened Waste Gate Control Lever Clip

Other Common Car Problems:

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Also applies to the following Makes and Models:

2013 Encore 1.4, 2014 Encore 1.4, 2015 Encore 1.4, 2016 Encore 1.4, 2017 Encore 1.4, 2011 Cruze 1.4, 2012 Cruze 1.4, 2013 Cruze 1.4, 2014 Cruze 1.4, 2015 Cruze 1.4, 2016 Cruze 1.4, 2017 Sonic 1.4

Author: Joshua Fhurong

Joshua has always liked tinkering with and taking things apart to find out how they work. He graduated from Dunwoody College of Technology in 2009, and has worked at GM dealers specializing in transmission repair for 11 years before coming to Identifix. Joshua enjoys boating, fishing and just being outside; the remainder of his free time is spent playing with and coaching both his son and daughter in hockey.

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