Engine Renault E7F

Renault’s 1.2-liter 8-valve E7F engine was introduced in 1990. This motor is a deep modernization of the Cleon-Fonte internal combustion engine with a camshaft in the cylinder head. Was put on Renault 19 and Clio. Its carburetor version has its own E5F index.

The E-series also includes: E7J.

By the end of the 80s, the OHV-type C-series motors were completely outdated and the company needed a more modern unit for its compact models. The OHC scheme, popular at that time, was taken as the basis, that is, with a camshaft in the cylinder head, which is connected to the crankshaft by a toothed belt.

The resulting engine was named Energy, which marked the beginning of a new E-series. By the way, all the current small-sized power plants of the concern are its heirs, except that there are now two camshafts in the cylinder head.

This gasoline engine was produced for a relatively short time, since it turned out to be not too compact for such a modest volume and power. Already in the mid-90s, it was replaced by a similar 1.2-liter D7F.

The engine was installed on:

  • Renault 19 (X53) in 1992 – 1995;
  • Renault Clio 1 (X57) in 1990 – 1996.


Production years 1990-1996
Displacement, cc 1171
Fuel system single injection
Power output, hp 54 – 60
Torque output, Nm 83 – 88
Cylinder block R4
Block head 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 75.8
Piston stroke, mm 64.9
Compression ratio 9.2 – 9.5
Timing drive belt
Turbocharging no
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 1/2
Engine lifespan, km ~200 000
Weight, kg 118

Disadvantages of the Renault E7F engine

  • There may be several culprits for the unstable operation of the power unit at once, we will list only the most popular of them: cracks in the vacuum tubes of the MAP sensor, a burnt lambda probe, a worn-out fuel pump and a clogged fuel filter.
  • Noisy under the hood is usually unadjusted valve. All kinds of sensors are often buggy, especially the temperature of the incoming air and coolant. There are issues with the tightness of some seals, in general, oil leaks are not uncommon.
  • The most common cause of engine tripping is a malfunction of the ignition distributor, such as cracks on its cover. It is also worth monitoring the condition of the candles and high-voltage wires.

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