The 1.3-liter Toyota 4E-FE gasoline engine was produced by the company from 1989 to 2001 and was installed on many cars of the concern, but is best known for the Corolla model. There was a modification of this turbocharged power unit under the symbol 4E-FTE.
This EFI type port fuel injection engine first appeared in 1989. The design is conventional: a cast-iron in-line block for 4 cylinders, a 16-valve aluminum cylinder head, the timing belt here rotates one camshaft, and the second is connected to it using a gear. Hydraulic compensators are not provided and valve clearances need to be adjusted periodically.
In total, there are three generations of this motor: a sample of 1989, 1996, 1997, respectively. But their differences are minimal and for the most part come down to upgrading the intake or exhaust.
The engine was installed on:
- Toyota Corolla 7 (E100) in 1991 – 1998; Corolla 8 (E110) in 1995 – 2001;
- Toyota Cynos L40 in 1991 – 1995; Cynos L50 in 1995 – 1999;
- Toyota Starlet 4 (P80) in 1989 – 1995; Starlet 5 (P90) in 1989 – 1995;
- Toyota Tercel 4 (L40) in 1990 – 1994; Tercel 5 (L50) in 1994 – 1999.
|Power output, hp||80 – 100|
|Torque output, Nm||110 – 125|
|Cylinder block||cast iron R4|
|Block head||aluminum 16v|
|Cylinder bore, mm||74|
|Piston stroke, mm||77.4|
|Recommended engine oil||5W-30|
|Engine oil capacity, liter||3.2|
|Euro standards||EURO 2|
|Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Toyota Corolla 1998)
|Engine lifespan, km||~300 000|
Disadvantages of the Toyota 4E-FE engine
- This unit overheats very quickly, the cylinder head gasket breaks here quite often. Even from high temperatures, oil seals tan and flow. Watch the cooling system.
- It is not recommended to pour low-quality gasoline into this engine, otherwise the fuel injectors will clog, the throttle and idle valve will be covered with soot, and the engine will start to fail badly.
- Already on a run of 120 – 150 thousand km, oil consumption often appears due to the occurrence of rings. Valve stem seals also wear out quickly, which can lead to oil burn.
- According to the manual, the timing belt is designed for 100,000 km, but often it stretches even earlier. A plus can be considered the fact that when it jumps and breaks, the valves most often do not bend.
- Like any old motor, it regularly worries about trifles: there are oil leaks, malfunctions in the components of the ignition system and some sensors such as a lambda probe. Due to the lack of hydraulic compensators, the valves need periodic adjustment.