Engine Ford L1E

The 1.6-liter Ford L1E or Escort 1.6 Zetec 16v engine was produced from 1992 to 1995 and was installed on the 5th generation of the once popular Escort model in all its bodies. Almost the same power unit was installed on the Mondeo 1, however, under its own L1F index.

The Zetec family also includes engines: L1N, EYDC, RKB, NGA, EYDB, EDDB and EDDC.

The engine was installed on:

  • Ford Escort Mk5 in 1992 – 1995.


Production years 1992-1995
Displacement, cc 1597
Fuel system distributed injection
Power output, hp 90
Torque output, Nm 134
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 76
Piston stroke, mm 88
Compression ratio 10.3
Features no
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 4.2
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 2/3
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Ford Escort 1994)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~320 000

Disadvantages of the Ford L1E engine

  • The most problematic for owners is the ever-clogged filter in the gas tank;
  • If you ignore traction failures and drive like this, the fuel pump will fail;
  • According to the regulations, the timing belt serves 120 thousand km, but it is better to change it twice as often;
  • The search for the source of the leak should begin with the front and rear crankshaft oil seal;
  • The use of low-quality lubricant quickly affects the hydraulic lifters.

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