Engine Volkswagen JK

The concern assembled the 1.6-liter diesel engine Volkswagen JK 1.6 D from 1980 to 1989 and installed it on models that were popular at the time: the second Passat and the similar Audi 80 B2. This atmospheric diesel had a phlegmatic character, but it had a good resource.

The EA086 series also includes: JK, JP, JX, SB, 1X, 1Y, AAZ, ABL.


Production years 1980-1989
Displacement, cc 1588
Fuel system prechambers
Power output, hp 54
Torque output, Nm 100
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 8v
Cylinder bore, mm 76.5
Piston stroke, mm 86.4
Compression ratio 23.0
Features SOHC
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-40
Engine oil capacity, liter 4.0
Fuel type diesel
Euro standards EURO 0
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for VW Passat 1985)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~400 000

The engine was installed on:

  • Audi 80 B2 (81) in 1980 – 1986; 80 B3 (8A) in 1986 – 1989;
  • Volkswagen Passat B2 (32) in 1982 – 1988.

Disadvantages of the VW JK engine

  • This diesel engine has a sedate character, is noisy and does not like frost;
  • Due to overheating, the cylinder head quickly cracks, but small cracks do not affect the ride;
  • The high pressure fuel pump often leaks over the gaskets, keep an eye on it;
  • The timing belt resource according to the regulations is 60,000 km, and when it breaks, the valves bend;
  • At high mileage, such power units are prone to oil burns and lubrication leaks.

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