How to Fix iRacing ‘Loading Error 22’

Some Windows users are reporting that they suddenly encounter the ‘Loading Error 22‘ error whenever they attempt to join a race session. Most affected users are reporting that this issue only started occurring after installing an update.

iRacing Error 22 on Windows

After investigating this particular issue, it turns out that there are several different underlying causes that might be causing this error code with iRacing. Here’s a list of potential culprits:

  • Game is outdated in Steam – One of the most common instances that will cause this issue is a scenario in which you’ve just updated the game from your browser while the Steam version of iRacing is still outdated. In this case, you should be able to fix the issue by updating the game version through Steam.
  • Corrupted car file – As it turns out, this issue can also be contained by a corrupted car file that is triggering this error whenever you try to use a particular car. In this case, you can simply delete the problematic file before forcing the game updater to identify and download the missing file.
  • Corrupted iRacing installation – If you’re encountering this issue when launching the game through Stream, you should attempt to fix the error by doing an integrity check from the Properties screen of the game’s listing in Steam. If you’re launching through the standalone launcher, you can fix the issue by reinstalling the game.

Now that you are intimately aware of every problem that might be causing the ‘Loading Error 22‘ issue, here’s a list of verified methods that should allow you to fix the issue:

Method 1: Update the game from Steam

As it turns out, the most common instance that will cause this problem is when the user updates the iRacing browser from their browser but Steam is still running the old version that is updated with the new content you are attempting to play.

Several affected users that were experiencing the same issue have confirmed that in their case, the problem was resolved after they opened Steam and installed the update available for iRacing.

In most cases, it’s enough to open Steam and let it do its thing before attempting to open the game once again. But if iRacing refuses to update automatically, use the search function to search for ‘iracing’ then click on Update from the store listing.

Finding the iRacing listing

Once the game update is successfully downloaded, open iRacing through Steam and see if you’re still encountering the same ‘Loading Error 22‘ issue when attempting to join existing sessions.

If this method didn’t allow you to fix the issue, move down to the next potential fix below.

Method 2: Deleting the problematic file (if applicable)

In case you’re only encountering this issue with one particular car, chances are the issue is only restricted to a corrupted car file. This issue is fairly common with botched update installation of iRacing.

If this scenario is applicable and you’re only seeing the ‘Loading Error 22‘ error when attempting to play with a particular car, you can simply delete the problematic car file before forcing the Updating function to install the missing car.

If you’re looking for step by step instructions, follow the instructions below:

  1. Ensure that iRacing or the launcher is not running in the background.
  2. Open File Explorer and navigate to the location where you installed the game. By default, you’ll be able to find the game folder at:
    C:\Program Files (x86)\iRacing\Cars
  3. Once you’re inside the correct location, right-click on the car folder that you’re having issues with, then choose Delete from the context menu.
    Deleting the corrupted car
  4. Once the corrupted car is deleted, open the iRacing launcher once again, and click on Get Required updates.
    Allowing the game to install the missing files
  5. Wait until the missing files are downloaded and installed before joining a race and seeing if the problem is now fixed.

If the problem is still not resolved, move down to the next potential fix below.

Method 3: Doing an Integrity check (Steam Only)

If you’re launching the game through Steam, this error code is most likely occurring due to some kind of corruption that is affecting the local installation folder.

In case this scenario is applicable to your particular situation, you should be able to fix the problem by using the built-in utility to verify the integrity of the iRacing game files. If an inconsistency is found, the utility will automatically replace the corrupted files with healthy equivalents.

If you haven’t initiated an integrity check in Steam yet, follow the instructions below to do so:

  1. Go ahead and launch your Steam client, then sign with your account credentials.
  2. Once you have successfully signed in with your Steam account, right-click on the listing associated with iCards from the Library tab, then click click on Properties from the newly appeared context menu.
  3. After you are inside the Properties screen of the affected games, go ahead and click on Local Files, then click on Verify Integrity of Game Cache.

    Verifying the integrity of the game files
  4. Confirm the integrity check, then wait until the operation is complete before restarting your computer.
  5. Once your computer boots back up, launch iCar once again and see if the problem is now fixed.

In case the same ‘Loading Error 22‘ error is still occurring, move down to the next potential fix below.

Method 4: Reinstalling the game

If none of the methods above have worked in your case, you’re most likely dealing with an underlying game installation corruption issue that cannot be resolved with a simple integrity check done by Steam or by iCards launcher.

Typically, problems of this kind occur when there’s a conflict between a new update and an existing installation file.

Most affected users dealing with the same problem have reported that the issue was finally resolved after they uninstalled the game via Programs and Features and reinstalling it using the official channels:

  1. Press Windows key + R to open up a Run dialog box. Next, type ‘appwiz.cpl’ and press Enter to open up the Programs and Features menu. If you’re prompted by the UAC (User Account Control) prompt, click Yes to grant admin access.
    Opening the Programs and Features menu
  2. Once you’re inside the Programs and Features menu, scroll down through the list of installed programs and locate the listings associated with iCards. Next, right-click on iRacing and choose Uninstall from the context menu.
    Uninstalling the iCards game
  3. Inside the uninstallation screen, follow the on-screen prompts to complete the uninstallation process, then restart your computer and wait for the next startup to complete.
  4. After the next startup is complete, reinstall the game from Steam or from the official website.
  5. Launch the game once again and see if the problem is now fixed.

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