The Full-Race Electronic Internal Wastegate Controller is a DC Motor driver designed for Melco® linear wastegate actuators.  It controls the opening and closing of the wastegate valve based on a PWM signal input and feedback from the wastegate position sensor coming from the wastegate actuator. 

Full-Race Electronit Wastegate Controller Full-Race Electronit Wastegate Controller


Use Table 1 Main Connector Connection to determine SWITCH, ECU and eIWG connections. 

Full-Race Table 1 Main Connector Connection Full-Race Table 1 Main Connector Connection


The recommended location for the installation of the box is near the dash. Pass the signal cable  through the firewall to the actuator.  It is recommended to use the actuator’s OEM connector.  Pin or Solder the wires to Power Cable according to the pigtails from the connector and insulate with heat shrink. If using the pin  connections provided, make sure to tether the cable so the pins are not pulled due to  shock and vibration.

B8: +12V Power Wire: The power wire should be connected to a spare switched power from the fuse box with a  minimum 10 A capacity and fused accordingly. 

A1: Ground:  The ground connection must be made to solid body ground. ECU ground and Body ground should  not be isolated. 

B5: PWM Signal from ECU: Connect to engine ECU’s Actuator Control output PWM @ 1 kHz (5V digital or Open Collector).  Note: This signal should not be lower than 5% (fully closed) and not higher than 96% (fully open)

Push-Button: The push-button (with a light ring as in Figure 4 LED and the push-button) is a panel-mount and  can be easily affixed using the washer and nut provided. Make sure that the connections at the  ‘Switch terminal’ are one-to-one after the installation of the push-button. 


  • Do not share the power line with other devices.
  • Do not expose the unit to direct heat.
  • Do not expose the unit to extreme vibration
  • Please review Controller Operation (page 8) before proceeding.
  • Use an electrostatic wrist band when installing the unit.
  • Do not power the unit until installation is complete.



Once power and signal cables are connected and power is turned on, the system by default is in Operation mode (shown below in Table 3).


Full-Race Electronit Wastegate Controller Operations Full-Race Electronit Wastegate Controller Operations



Next, the mechanical gate closure mechanism must be initially calibrated before using the controller. Wastegate calibration is performed in Calibration Mode. After initial calibration is completed, the system will verify its calibration at every restart.  

Sweep Cycle Mode

The controller arm continuously opens and closes the wastegate to visually ensure the  mechanical system is behaving correctly.

Note: Electronic actuators do not tolerate any misalignment of the turbocharger. It is critical that the turbo is perfectly clocked and the actuator arm oriented to prevent any binding or misalignment.


Full-Race Electronit Wastegate Controller Button Full-Race Electronit Wastegate Controller Button


With unit powered on, follow these steps (or flowchart in figure 5) for calibration of the system.

  • Press and hold the push-button for 3 seconds to enter the Calibration Mode.
  • The push button’s LED starts flashing, and the actuator moves to the calibration position (wastegate fully closed). 
  • Perform mechanical adjustment.  Set the arm length so that the actuator does not bottom out or top out on the mechanical stops (as recommended by the actuator’s manufacturer).
  • Press and hold the Push-Button again for 3 seconds to enter the Sweep Cycle mode. The actuator arm in Cycle mode continuously moves from fully close to fully open and  back to closed.

  •  Visually Inspect mechanical joints for any binding in the linkage, and make sure the turbocharger and bracket are optimally clocked with the wastegate fully closing.
  • Press and hold the push-button 3 seconds for the third time, to exit calibration/cycling mode and return back to Operation mode


Note: If after power is turned on, you notice that the LED in the push-button is blinking, the controller is in one of the ERROR states (motor error or ECU error mentioned in Table  3). Error states are described in detail on page 11 in the System Errors section. You  can still calibrate the system in ERROR states by pressing the calibration  Push-Button for 3 seconds to enter Calibration Mode. 


Full-Race Electronit Wastegate Controller Calibration Guide Full-Race Electronit Wastegate Controller Calibration Guide


Motion Error  

Flashing of push-button LED with the frequency of 3 Blinks followed by a pause is an indication  of a Motion Error. This error state is due to either blockage of mechanical movements by an  external force such as the wastegate or a disconnect of actuator wires.  

Once the blockage is removed or the actuator DC motor /sensor connections are fixed, the  system error can be cleared by holding the push-button for 3 seconds. The system resumes in  calibration mode to fix the mechanical maladjustment.

No ECU Signal 

Flashing of the push-button LED followed by a pause is an indication of No ECU Signal Error. This  error state is due to connectivity issues between the engine ECU module and the Wastegate  controller. Once the connectivity issue is resolved, this error state automatically clears, and the  system moves back to operation mode.

Optional Logging with C7: PWM Signal from ECU (Optional)

The C7 output produces a PWM equivalent of sensor's output for monitoring purposes.  The C7 output is a linear map therefore 0-5VDC maps to 0-100% duty. The sensor inside the driver motor is providing a range of 0.2V to 4.8V at either end so it will translate to about 4-5% to 96-97% duty cycle.

Logging is possible if the logger has some low/high trigger to catch the rise of signal event and then start a timer to  time until fall of signal. The duty cycle will then be divided by 202 mS (base signal frequency is 495 Hz).


MHI Melco Actuator and Control System Diagram


MHI Melco Actuator and Control System Diagram MHI Melco Actuator and Control System Diagram

MHI Melco Actuator Setting Procedure

Move actuator rod to fully retracted position


Extend actuator rod until 3.5  ± 0.25mm displacement reached and record displacement and position sensor voltage


Install the linkage, then with the wastegate valve held tightly against its seat and holding the lower actuator rod nut, tighten the upper rod nut to 5.5 ± 0.8 Nm.


Extend the actuator fully and record displacement and sensor voltage.


Retract the actuator until the wastegate is closed, record displacement and sensor voltage then extend actuator slightly for shipping.


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