Engine Nissan TB42

The 4.2-liter Nissan TB42 engine was produced at a Japanese company from 1987 to 1997 and was installed only under the hood of the legendary Patrol SUV and only in the Y60 body. The engine was released with a two-barrel carburettor and a point type distributor. In 1992 the TB42E emerged with electronic fuel injection and electronic ignition. At this time the TB42 was re-labeled as TB42S.

The TB family also includes internal combustion engines: TB45 and TB48DE.

The engine was installed on:

  • Nissan Patrol 4 (Y60) in 1987 – 1998.


Production years 1987-1997
Displacement, cc 4169
Fuel system carburetor or EFI
Power output, hp 170 – 175
Torque output, Nm 320 – 325
Cylinder block cast iron R6
Block head aluminum 12v
Cylinder bore, mm 96
Piston stroke, mm 96
Compression ratio 8.3 – 8.5
Features no
Hydraulic lifters no
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 15W-40
Engine oil capacity, liter 8.2
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 1/2
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Nissan Patrol 1995)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~400 000
Weight, kg 270

Disadvantages of the TB42 engine

  • The motor has excellent reliability and a huge resource, but consumes a lot of fuel;
  • Most often there are problems with ignition, but they are solved simply and cheaply;
  • The cause of knocks under the hood often turns out to be unadjusted valves;
  • After a run of 250 thousand km, the timing chain may stretch and require replacement;
  • The engine does not like overheating, compression may disappear or an oil burn may begin.

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