Nissan HR15DE

Nissan HR15DE engineThe Nissan HR15DE is a 1.5 l (1,498 cc, 91.41 cu-in) straight-four four-stroke natural aspirated gasoline engine from Nissan HR-family. This is the same engine as the HR16DE, but it has a shorter piston stroke.

The Nissan HR15DE uses a lightweight aluminum block with the fully balanced five-bearings crankshaft and aluminum head with dual overhead camshafts (DOHC) and four valves per cylinder (16 valves in total). The engine is equipped with electronic throttle, multi-point fuel injection system, variable valve timing system (CVTC) on the intake camshaft and ignition system with individual ignition coil for each spark plug (NDIS, Nissan Direct Ignition System). After upgrading in 2006, the engine received two injectors per cylinder and higher maximum power and torque.

Cylinder bore and the piston stroke are 78.0 mm (3.07 in) and 78.4 mm (3.09 in), respectively. Compression ratio rating is 10.5:1 or 11.0:1 (depends on the year and car model).

The HR15DE engine produces from 99 PS (73 kW; 98 HP) at 6,000 rpm to 116 PS (85 kW; 114 HP) at 6,000 rpm of maximum horsepower and from 134 Nm (13.7 kg·m; 98.9 ft·lb) at 4,000 rpm to 156 Nm (15.9 kg·m; 115.1 ft·lb) at 3,600 rpm of maximum torque.

The breakdown of the engine code is as follows:

  • HR – Engine Family
  • 15 – 1.5 Liter Displacement
  • D – DOHC (Dual Overhead Camshafts)
  • E – Multi Point Fuel Injection

General information

Engine Specifications
Engine codeHR15DE
LayoutFour stroke, Inline-4 (Straight-4)
Fuel typeGasoline (petrol)
Displacement1.5 L, 1,498 cm3 (91,41 cu in)
Fuel systemMulti-Point Fuel Injection
Power adderNone
Power output Single injector version:
109 PS (80 KW; 107 HP) at 6,000 rpm
Two injectors version:
99 PS (73 KW; 98 HP) at 6,000 rpm
102 PS (75 KW; 101 HP) at 6,000 rpm
111.5 PS (82 KW; 110 HP) at 5,600 rpm
114 PS (84 KW; 113 HP) at 6,000 rpm
116 PS (85 KW; 114 HP) at 6,000 rpm
Torque output Single injector version:
148 Nm (15.1 kg·m; 109.22 ft·lb) at 4,400 rpm
Two injectors version:
134 Nm (13.7 kg·m; 98.9 ft·lb) at 4,000 rpm
136 Nm (13.9 kg·m; 100.5 ft·lb) at 4,000 rpm
139 Nm (14.2 kg·m; 102.6 ft·lb) at 4,200 rpm
150 Nm (15.3 kg·m; 110.7 ft·lb) at 4,200 rpm
156 Nm (15.9 kg·m; 115.1 ft·lb) at 3,600 rpm
Firing order1-3-4-2
Dimensions (L x W x H):

Cylinder block

The HR15DE has an aluminum cylinder block with five bearing support system. Cylinders are fitted at an offset to minimize friction arising from the angle of the connecting rod as a piston descends into the cylinder. The resulting smoother reciprocating motion of the pistons contributes to high power output and high torque as well as fuel economy. Also, the engine structure is designed so that the piston remains in the upper part of the cylinder longer than in a conventional engine. This permits more efficient use of combustion energy and effectively improves thermal efficiency.

The engine has cracking-processed connecting rods. These integrally cast connecting rods to offer lighter weight than conventional connecting rods, which are constructed in two parts, separated at the eye where they join the crankshaft. The cracking processed conrod is manufactured in one piece, then the lower connecting rod eye is broken in two (the cracking process) and, finally, the two parts are rejoined after mounting. Mating of the uneven surfaces created by the cracking process results in a very precise joint. The engine has two compression and single oil control ring.

The crankshaft and camshaft journals are finished with a polishing tape to produce a mirror-like finish. The result is a thorough reduction in friction on these bearing surfaces of key engine components.

Cylinder block (after 2006)
Cylinder block alloyAluminium
Compression ratio:10.5:1 or 11.0:1 (Depends on vehicle model)
Cylinder bore:78.0 mm (3.071 in)
Piston stroke:78.4 mm (3.086 in)
Number of piston rings (compression / oil):2 / 1
Number of main bearings:5
Cylinder inner diameter (standard):78.000-78.015 mm (3.0709-3.0715 in)
Piston skirt diameter (standard):77.965-77.980 mm (3.0695-3.0701 in)
Piston pin outer diameter:18.996-19.002 mm (0.7479-0.7481 in)
Piston ring side clearance:Top0.040-0.080 mm (0.0016-0.0031 in)
Second0.030-0.070 mm (0.0012-0.0028 in)
Oil0.045-0.125 mm (0.0018-0.0049 in)
Piston ring end gap:Top0.20-0.30 mm (0.0079-0.0118 in)
Second0.35-0.50 mm (0.0138-0.0197 in)
Oil0.20-0.60 mm (0.0079-0.0236 in)
Crankshaft journal diameter:47.979-47.978 mm (1.8889-1.8889 in)
Crankpin diameter:39.971-39.970 mm (1.5737-1.5736 in)

Cylinder head

The cylinder head is made of an aluminum alloy, each camshaft is supported by five bearings. The HR15DE has variable valve timing system (CVTC) on the intake side. This system enables variable valve timing in response to engine rpm and throttle opening. Enhanced control and reduced system friction improve response and optimize torque characteristics.

The engine has a plastic intake manifold with an integrated tumble control valve. The HR15DE motor is equipped with EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) system.

Cylinder head (after 2006)
Valve Arrangement:DOHC, chain drive
Cylinder head height:125.0 mm (4.92 in)
Valves:16 (4 valves per cylinder)
Valve timing:INTAKE228°
Valve head diameter:INTAKE31.0-31.3 mm (1.220-1.232 in)
EXHAUST25.3-25.6 mm (0.996-1.008 in)
Valve length:INTAKE101.65 mm (4.002 in)
EXHAUST102.46 mm (4.034 in)
Valve stem diameter:INTAKE4.965-4.980 mm (0.1955-0.1961 in)
EXHAUST4.955 – 4.970 mm (0.1951-0.1957 in)
Valve spring free length:42.26 mm (1.6638 in)
Outer camshaft journal diameter:№127.935-27.955 mm (1.0998-1.1006 in)
№2, 3, 4, 524.950-24.970 mm (0.9823-0.9831 in)

Head tightening procedure and torque specs:

  • Step 1: 40 Nm; 4.1 kg·m; 30 ft·lb
  • Step 2: Turn all bolts 60°
  • Step 3: Loosen all bolts completely
  • Step 4: 40 Nm; 4.1 kg·m; 30 ft·lb
  • Step 5: Turn all bolts 75°
  • Step 6: Turn all bolts another 75°

Camshaft sprocket bolt

  • 78.4 Nm; 8.0 kg·m; 58 ft-lb

Maintenance data

Valve clearance (HOT)
Intake valve0.304-0.416 mm (0.012-0.016 in)
Exhaust valve0.308-0.432 mm (0.012-0.017 in)
Compression pressure
Standard15.5 kg/m2 (151 bar, 219 psi) / 200 rpm
Minimun12.9 kg/m2 (12.65 bar, 183 psi) / 200 rpm
Compression differential limit between cylinders0.06 kg/m2 (0.06 bar, 0.9 psi) / 200 rpm
Oil system
Oil consumption , L/1000 km (qt. per miles)up to 0.5 (1 qt. per 1200 miles)
Recommended engine oil 0W-20, 5W-30
Oil type API
Engine oil capacity (Refill capacity) With filter change 3.0 l (3.2 qt.)
Without filter change 2.8 l (3.0 qt.)
Oil change interval, km (miles)5,000-10,000 (3,000-6,000)
Oil Pressure, kPa (bar, kg/cm 2, psi) Idle speed: More than 60 (0.6, 0.61, 9)
2,000 rpm: More than 270 (2.7, 2.8, 39)
Ignition system
Spark plugDENSO: FXE20HE-11
Spark plug gap1.1 mm (0.043 in)

Valve clearance adjustment data

Calculate the thickness of new adjusting valve lifter so valve clearance comes within specified values.

R = Thickness of removed valve lifter
N = Thickness of new valve lifter
M = Measured valve clearance

N = R + [M – 0.30 mm (0.012 in)]
N = R + [M – 0.33 mm (0.013 in)]

Valve lifters are available in 26 sizes range from 3.00 mm (0.1181 in) to 3.50 mm (0.1378 in), in steps of 0.02 mm (0.0008 in).

Example (intake valve):
R = 3.10 mm
M = 0.52 mm
N = 3.10 + (0.52 – 0.30) = 3.32 mm, so we need a valve lifter with identification mark 332.

Intake0.26-0.34 mm (0.010-0.013 in)0.304-0.416 mm (0.012-0.016 in)
Exhaust0.29-0.37 mm (0.011-0.015 in)0.308-0.432 mm (0.012-0.017 in)

Vehicle applications

ModelYears Produced
Nissan Tiida (C11)2004-2012
Nissan Tiida Latio (C11)2004-2012
Nissan Note2005-2012
Nissan Cube / Nissan Cube Cubic (Z11, Z12)2005-2008
Nissan March (K12)2005-2010
Nissan March NISMO S (K13)
Nissan Wingroad (Y12)2005-
Nissan Bluebird Silfy (G11)2005-2012
Nissan AD Van / AD Expert (Y12)2006-
Nissan Grand Livina
Nissan Juke2010
Nissan Sunny (B17)2011-
Nissan Almera (B17)2011-
Renault SCARA2012-
Nissan Micra (Middle East)
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  1. How do you tell apart the vehicle with dual injectors hr15de engines with different Hp and torque from one another. how do you know which is 114 hp from the one that is 110hp and 150 Nm toque from the one that is 148Nm.. where is it indicated in the engine?

    • According to the engine model, it is impossible to know its specs precisely, only by the vehicle model, and more precisely the decoding of the VIN can accurately determine your engine specifications.

      The table specifies horsepower and torque specifications that may be in this engine and perhaps this is not all possible options.

    • Is there any other fuel filter on the Nissan note e11 other than in the tank? My note jerks when the fuel qty is below half…and I replaced the pump and filter assy in tank already…any suggestions??

      • Car starting go in morning but after run for 1 hour if u swich off and start back after 5 mins hard starting

  2. hi, do you know the codes for the upstream and downstream o2 sensor. i looking at ordering it but not sure which one is it.

  3. Dear administrator, I have a Nissan tida 2010 with a HR 15 engine. Since the last four months or so I noticed that while descending a slope the car begins to pull back with a high compression and it slows down considerably. But however while asending a steep slope , the car will stall if gas pedal is not pressed I took the car to a technician who checked it and a code concerning tumble control valve was found. What does that mean ?.

    • i think it will fit but make sure you get the new one because hr15 the old one have a tick sound problems, or you can get hr18 if possible

  4. Hi good evening what is the best engine oil to use for y12 2009 model currently using 10 30w.

  5. Hi, I’m trying to find a replacement fuel pump assembly for my 2007 note, 1.5L, would it be a problem to use one from a 1.6 L model?

  6. Hi I’m after some info on an belt for my 2006 nissan wingroad hr15de like a part number so I can bloody buy the the damm thing

  7. Hi, I just bought this HR15’s in the car already but the wiring things does not match, what do i do?

  8. Hi does the nissan wingroad y12 hr15 engine 2012 model use the normal automatic gearbox or it uses the cvt gearbox? thank you.

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