Engine Nissan RD28T

The 2.8-liter Nissan RD28T diesel engine was produced from 1987 to 1998 in Japan and was installed on the most popular full-size SUVs of the Patrol and Safari companies. This unit existed in a version with an electronically controlled high pressure fuel pump under the symbol RD28ET.

The RD series also includes internal combustion engines: RD28 and RD28ETi.

The engine was installed on:

  • Nissan Safari 1 (Y60) in 1994 – 1997;
  • Nissan Patrol 4 (Y60) in 1987 – 1998.


Production years 1987-1998
Displacement, cc 2825
Fuel system vortex chamber
Power output, hp 115 – 125
Torque output, Nm 235 – 255
Cylinder block cast iron R6
Block head aluminum 12v
Cylinder bore, mm 85
Piston stroke, mm 83
Compression ratio 19 – 22
Features no
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging one Garrett turbine
Recommended engine oil 10W-40
Engine oil capacity, liter 6.4
Fuel type diesel
Euro standards EURO 1/2
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Nissan Patrol 1995)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~320 000
Weight, kg 235

Disadvantages of the RD28T engine

  • This diesel engine is very afraid of overheating, it often cracks the cylinder head;
  • The culprits for uneven operation of the motor are most often sensors and their wiring;
  • Glow plug control unit burns out due to poor location;
  • When the timing belt breaks, the valve always bends, so follow the replacement schedule;
  • After 100 – 150 thousand kilometers, hydraulic lifters usually start to knock;
  • The sources of oil leakage are the crankshaft oil seal and the oil cooler gasket;
  • The EGR valve quickly clogs with carbon deposits, you will know about it by engine traction failures.

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