Engine Ford RTK/RTJ

The 1.8-liter Ford RTK / RTJ or 1.8 Endura DE engine was produced from 1995 to 2000 and was installed on the fourth generation of the popular Fiesta model, in the pre-facelift version. This diesel engine is not very reliable, but it is repairable due to its simple design.

The Endura-DE line also includes internal combustion engines: RVA, RFA and RFN.

The engine was installed on:

  • Ford Fiesta Mk4 in 1995 – 2000.


Production years 1995-2000
Displacement, cc 1753
Fuel system prechambers
Power output, hp 60
Torque output, Nm 105
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head cast iron 8v
Cylinder bore, mm 82.5
Piston stroke, mm 82
Compression ratio 21.5
Features no
Hydraulic lifters no
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-40
Engine oil capacity, liter 5.0
Fuel type diesel
Euro standards EURO 1
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Ford Fiesta 1998)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~240 000

Disadvantages of the Ford RTK/RTJ engine

  • The operation of this diesel engine in cold weather is very difficult, sometimes it simply does not start;
  • Usually the motor breaks down after the timing belt breaks, the resource of which is less than 50,000 km;
  • Due to poor cooling, there is a risk of burnout of valves and rings in the fourth cylinder;
  • This engine suffers from leaks, especially at the junction of the upper and lower parts of the block;
  • Lack of lubrication often leads to rotation of the liners or breakage of the crankshaft.

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