Nissan QR20DE

Nissan QR20DE engineThe Nissan QR20DE is an inline 2.0 liter (1,998 cc, 121.92 cu in) four-cylinder, four-stroke cycle, liquid-cooled gasoline engine from the Nissan QR-family.

The QR20DE engine has an aluminum block and cylinder head, dual overhead camshaft (DOHC), four-valve designs with continuously variable valve timing (CVTC) on the intake camshaft, individual ignition coils, electronic throttle, and multi-point fuel injection system.

An 89.0 mm (3.504 in) cylinder bore and 80.3 mm (3.161 in) piston stroke give the engine a total of 2.0 L of displacement. Compression ratio rating is 9.9:1.

The Nissan QR20DE produced from 130.0 PS (96.0 KW; 129.0 HP) at 5,600 rpm to 150.0 PS (110.0 KW; 147.5 HP) at 6,000 rpm of horsepower and from 178.0 Nm (18.2 kg·m; 131.4 lbf·ft) at 4,400 rpm to 200.0 Nm (20.4 kg·m; 147.6 lbf·ft) at 4,000 rpm of torque.

The breakdown of the engine code is as follows:

  • QR – Engine Family
  • 20 – 2.0 Liter Displacement
  • D – DOHC (Dual Overhead Camshafts)
  • E – Multi Point Fuel Injection

General information

Engine Specifications
Engine codeQR20DE
LayoutFour stroke, Inline-4 (Straight-4)
Fuel typeGasoline
Displacement2.0 L, 1,998 cc (121.92 cu in)
Power output 96 kW (130 PS, 128 HP) at 6,000 rpm
100 kW (136 PS, 134 HP) at 6,000 rpm
103 kW (140 PS, 138 HP) at 5,800 rpm
103 kW (140 PS, 138 HP) at 6,000 rpm
108 kW (147 PS, 145 HP) at 6,000 rpm
110 kW (150 PS, 148 HP) at 6,000 rpm
Torque output 178.0 Nm (18.2 kg·m; 131.4 lbf·ft) at 4,400 rpm
192.0 Nm (19.6 kg·m; 141.7 lbf·ft) at 4,000 rpm
198.0 Nm (20.2 kg·m; 146.1 lbf·ft) at 4,000 rpm
200.0 Nm (20.4 kg·m; 147.6 lbf·ft) at 4,000 rpm
Fuel systemMulti Point Fuel Injection
Power adderNone
Firing order1-3-4-2
Cooling systemLiquid-cooling
Dimensions (L x H x W):
Weight330 lbs (150 kg)

Cylinder block

The QR20DE has an aluminium block, cylinder bore is 89.0 mm (3.504 in) and piston stroke is 80.3 mm (3.161 in), compression ratio is 9.9:1.

The pistons are each fitted with two compression rings and a single oil ring, connecting rods are 153 mm long. The crankshaft for the QR20DE engine has two balancer shafts and supported by five main bearings.

Cylinder block
Cylinder block alloyAluminium
Compression ratio:9.9:1
Cylinder bore:89.0 mm (3.504 in)
Piston stroke:80.3 mm (3.161 in)
Number of piston rings (compression / oil):2 / 1
Number of main bearings:5
Block Height:
Cylinder inner diameter (standard):89.010-89.020 mm (3.5043-3.5047 in)
Piston skirt diameter (standard):88.990-89.000 mm (3.5035-3.5039 in)
Piston pin outer diameter:19.989-19.995 mm (0.7870-0.7872 in)
Piston ring side clearance:Top0.045-0.080 mm (0.0018-0.0031 in)
Second0.030-0.070 mm (0.0012-0.0028 in)
Oil0.065-0.135 mm (0.0026-0.0053 in)
Piston ring end gap:Top0.21-0.31 mm (0.0083-0.0122 in)
Second0.32-0.47 mm (0.0126-0.0185 in)
Oil0.20-0.60 mm (0.0080-0.0240 in)
Connecting rod center distance:152.85-152.95 mm (6.018-6.022 in)
Connectin rod small end inner diameter:20.000 mm (0.7874 in)
Connectin rod big end inner diameter:48.000 mm (1.8898 in)
Crankshaft journal diameter:54.979-54.978 mm (2.1645-2.1645 in)
Crankpin diameter:44.974-44.973 mm (1.7706-1.7706 in)

Lower cylinder block tightening procedure and torque specs:

  • M8 bolts: 25.1 Nm; 2.6 kg·m; 19 ft·lb
  • M10 bolts: 39.2 Nm; 4.0 kg·m; 29 ft·lb

Connecting rods torque:

  • Step 1: 19.6 Nm; 2.0 kg·m; 14 ft·lb

Cylinder head

The engine has an aluminum cylinder head with two chain-driven overhead camshafts and variable valve timing (CVTC) on the intake camshaft. Intake valves are 35 mm in diameter, intake duration is 236 °, and the exhaust valves are 30 mm, exhaust duration is 212 °. The QR20DE does not have hydraulic lifters, so special valve lifters are used to adjust the valve clearance.

Cylinder head
Cylinder head alloyAluminum
Cylinder head height:
Valve Arrangement:DOHC, chain drive
Valves:16 (4 valves per cylinder)
Intake/Exhaust duration:236/212 °
Valve head diameter:INTAKE35.5-35.8 mm (1.398-1.409 in)
EXHAUST30.5-30.8 mm (1.201-1.213 in)
Valve length:INTAKE97.16 mm (3.8252 in)
EXHAUST98.82 mm (3.8905 in)
Valve stem diameter:INTAKE5.965-5.980 mm (0.2348-0.2354 in)
EXHAUST5.955-5.970 mm (0.2344-0.2350 in)
Cam height:INTAKE45.015-45.205 mm (1.7722-1.7797 in)
EXHAUST42.825-43.015 mm (1.6860-1.6935 in)
Outer camshaft journal diameter:№127.935-27.955 mm (1.0998-1.1006 in)
№2-523.435-23.455 mm (0.9226-0.9234 in)

Head tightening procedure and torque specs:

  • Step 1: 50.0 Nm; 5.1 kg·m; 37 ft·lb
  • Step 2: Turn all bolts 60° clockwise
  • Step 3: Loosen all bolts completely
  • Step 4: 39.2 Nm; 4.0 kg·m; 29 ft·lb
  • Step 5: Turn all bolts 75°
  • Step 6: Turn all bolts 75° again

Camshaft brackets bolts procedure and torque specs:

  • Step 1: 2.0 Nm; 0.2 kg·m; 1 ft·lb
  • Step 2: 5.9 Nm; 0.6 kg·m; 4 ft·lb
  • Step 3: 10.4 Nm; 1.1 kg·m; 8 ft·lb

Problems and malfunctions

The service life of the QR20DE engine is about 120,000 miles of mileage (200,000 km). The valve clearance needs to be adjusted every 60,000 miles of mileage (90,000 km).

Frequent problems and malfunctions:

  1. Oil leaks from under the cylinder head cover. That problem fixes by installing the new gasket.
  2. Idle problems, jerking. The problem in the stretched timing chain. It often happens on the first generation of the engines. A new timing chain will allow you to forget about any issues related to bad timing chain.
  3. The QR20DE motor is difficult to start in the cold weather. (below -20° C)
  4. If the engine was produced till 2004, the catalyst is not long-life part.
  5. The thermostat is not an example of reliability and you can easily to overheat aluminum cylinder block.
  6. High oil consumption. If your oil consumption exceeds 1 qt. per 1500 miles (0,5L per 1000 km), then the piston rings and valve oil seals need to be replaced.

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
Standard12.1 kg/cm2 (11.9 bar, 173 psi) / 250 rpm
Minimun10.1 kg/cm2 (9.9 bar, 144 psi) / 250 rpm
Compression differential limit between cylinders1 kg/cm2 (0.98 bar, 14 psi) / 250 rpm
Oil system
Oil consumption , L/1000 km (qt. per miles)up to 0.5 (1 qt. per 1200 miles)
Recommended engine oil 5W-20
Oil type APIAPI: SG, SH, SJ, SL
ILSAC: GF-1, GF-2, GF-3
Engine oil capacity (Refill capacity) With filter change: 3.9 liters (4.1 US.qts, 3.4 Imp. qts)
Without filter change: 3.7 liters (3.9 US.qts, 3.3 Imp. qts)
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 98 kPa (0.98 bar, 1.0 kg/cm 2, 14 psi)
2,000 rpm: More than 294 kPa (2.94 bar, 3.0 kg/cm 2, 43 psi)
Ignition system
Spark plug Standard: PLFR5A-11 (NGK, Platinum type)
Cold: PLFR6A-11 (NGK, Platinum type)
Hot: PLFR4A-11 (NGK, Platinum type)
Spark plug gap1.1 mm (0.043 in)
Spark plug torque24.5 N·m (2.5 kg·m; 18 lb·ft)

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 – 0.28 mm (0.011 in)]
N = R + [M – 0.30 mm (0.012 in)]

Valve lifters are available in 26 sizes from 6.96 mm (0.2740 in) to 7.46 mm (0.2937 in), in steps of 0.02 mm (0.0008 in).

Example (intake valve):
R = 7.10 mm
M = 0.36 mm
N = 7.10 + (0.36 – 0.28) = 7.18 mm, so we need a valve lifter with code 718.

For adjustingFor checking
Intake0.24 – 0.32 mm (0.009 – 0.013 in)0.304 – 0.416 mm (0.012 – 0.016 in)
Exhaust0.26 – 0.34 mm (0.010 – 0.013 in)0.308 – 0.432 mm (0.012 – 0.017 in)

Whenever valve clearances are adjusted to cold specifications, check that the clearances satisfy hot specifications and adjust again if necessary.

Vehicle applications

ModelYears Produced
Nissan X-Trail T302001-2007
Nissan Primera P122001-2007
Nissan Serena C242002–
Nissan Teana J312003-2008
Nissan Wingroad Y112001-2005
Nissan Avenir W112002-2005
Nissan Prairie / Liberty M122001-2004
Nissan Caravan E252007-2010
Nissan NV350 Caravan E26
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