Nissan TD27

Nissan TD27The Nissan TD27 is a 2.7 L (2,663 cc, 162.5 cu·in) straight four, water-cooled naturally aspirated diesel engine from Nissan TD family. The engine was manufactured from 1985 to 2001.

The TD27 has a cast-iron cylinder block, a cast-iron cylinder head with OHV (overhead valves) design and two valves per cylinder. The camshaft is driven from the crankshaft by the timing gear. It has a 96.0 mm (3.78 in) cylinder bore and 92.0 mm (3.62 in) piston stroke. Compression ratio rating is 21.8-22.0:1.

The TD27 engine produced from 86 PS (63 kW; 85 HP) at 4,000 rpm to 90 PS (66 kW; 88.5 HP) at 4,300 rpm of maximum horsepower and from 166 N·m (16.9 kg·m, 122.3 ft·lb) at 2,200 rpm to 180 N·m (18.4 kg·m, 132.7 ft·lb) at 2,200 rpm of peak torque.

The breakdown of the engine code is as follows:

  • TD – Engine Family
  • 27 – 2.7 Liter Displacement

General information

Engine Specifications
Engine codeTD27
LayoutStraight-4, vertical
Fuel typeDiesel
Displacement2.7 L, 2,663 cc (162.5 cu in)
Injection pumpMechanical fuel injection pump
Power addernone
Max. Horsepower From 86 PS (63 kW; 85 HP) at 4,000 rpm
to 90 PS (66 kW; 88.5 HP) at 4,300 rpm
Torque output From 166 N·m (16.9 kg·m, 122.3 ft·lb) at 2,200 rpm
to 180 N·m (18.4 kg·m, 132.7 ft·lb) at 2,200 rpm
Firing order1-3-4-2
Dimensions (L x H x W):

Cylinder block

The Nissan TD27 motor has a cast-iron cylinder block with the five-bearings supported system. The cylinder bore is 96.0 mm (3.78 in) and the piston stroke is 92.0 mm (3.62 in). Compression ratio rating is 21.8-22.0:1.

Cylinder block
Cylinder block alloyCast iron
Compression ratio:21.8-22.0:1
Cylinder bore:96.0 mm (3.78 in)
Piston stroke:92.0 mm (3.62 in)
Number of piston rings (compression / oil):2 / 1
Number of main bearings:5
Cylinder inner diameter:96.000-96.010 mm (3.7795-3.7799 in)
Piston skirt diameter95.940-95.950 mm (3.7772-3.7776 in)
Piston ring side clearance:Top0.060-0.100 mm (0.0024-0.0039 in)
Second0.040-0.080 mm (0.0016-0.0031 in)
Oil0.020-0.060 mm (0.0008-0.0024 in)
Piston ring end gap:Top0.300-0.450 mm (0.0118-0.0177 in)
Second0.500-0.650 mm (0.0197-0.0256 in)
Oil0.300-0.500 mm (0.0118-0.0197 in)
Piston pin outer diameter24.994-25.000 mm (0.9840-0.9843 in)
Piston pin hole diameter27.997-28.005 mm (1.1022-1.1026 in)
Crankshaft main journal diameter:70.907-70.920 mm (2.7916-2.7921 in)
Crankpin diameter:56.913-56.926 mm (2.2407-2.2412 in)
Crankshaft center distance:46.0 mm (1.81 in)

Cylinder head

The engine has OHV (overhead valves) design with two valves per cylinder (8 in total). The camshaft is driven from the crankshaft by a timing gear, the injection pump is also driven by a gear. Intake valves are 43.5 mm (1.71 in) in diameter, and the exhaust valves are 38.0 mm (1.49 in).

Cylinder head
Block head alloyCast-iron
Valve Arrangement:OHV, gear drive
Valves:8 (2 valves per cylinder)
Valve head diameter:INTAKE43.4-43.6 mm (1.7087-1.7165 in)
EXHAUST37.9-38.1 mm (1.4921-1.5000 in)
Valve length:INTAKE117.0 mm (4.6063 in)
EXHAUST117.0 mm (4.6063 in)
Valve stem diameter:INTAKE7.962-7.977 mm (0.3135-0.3141 in)
EXHAUST7.945-7.960 mm (0.3128-0.3134 in)
Valve spring free length: White: 52.04 mm (2.0488 in)
Yellow: 52.3 mm (2.0591 in)
Camshaft cam height:INTAKE41.733 mm (1.643 in)
EXHAUST41.900 mm (1.6496 in)

Maintenance data

Valve clearance (HOT)
Intake valve0.35 mm (0.0138 in)
Exhaust valve0.35 mm (0.0138 in)
Compression pressure
Standard30.0 kg/cm2 (29.4 bar, 427 psi) / 200 rpm
Minimun25.0 kg/cm2 (24.5 bar, 356 psi) / 200 rpm
Compression differential limit between cylinders3.0 kg/cm2 (2.9 bar, 43 psi) / 200 rpm
Oil system
Recommended engine oilCC or CD
SAE Viscosity Number For cold and warm areas: 10W-30
For hot areas: 20W-40 and 20W-50
Engine oil capacity With oil filter: 6.2 l
Without oil filter: 5.5 l

Vehicle applications

ModelYears Produced
Nissan Atlas (H40)1986-1991
Nissan Atlas (F22,F23)1986-2004
Nissan Cedric1985-1987
Nissan Terrano (D21)1986-1992
Nissan Homy (E24)1987-1997
Nissan Terrano (WD21)1986-1995
Nissan Datsun (D21)1988-1996
Nissan Datsun (D22)1997-2002
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    Can anyone direct me to the parts?

  2. Am Edrisa Senabulya from Kampala Uganda.Am Intrested in Fuel injector diesel pump for Nissan Td27 engine.But I have failed to get proper sources of obtaining this part.I will be grateful if I can get a used one from Japan or any other.My email is WhatsApp 0776276888 Kampala Uganda

  3. I have a Nissan QD32 none Turbo. I want to add a Turbocharger, is there anything I need to change or add before putting the Turbocharger?

  4. Hi! Why this td 27 engine is frequently overheating this is happening for many Nissan especially this kind of engine
    Can I get some experience plse

  5. I have had the clutch for my Nissan td 27 pickup repaired several times. After repair it works for a few days then it develops the same mechanical problem of the clutch pedal feeling lose, sinking to the floor then gears can’t be disengaged. The lever operator on the steering column gets remains stiff you can’t work it to engage or disengage gears. Anybody out there please to offer some ideas? Thank you in advance. I live in Kenya.

    • replace the master cylinder on the firewall the seals have failed and bypassing fluid back into the cylinder releasing the pressure on the release bearing.

    • There is an adjustment on the clutch pedal underneath in between the bracket you must tighten the nut. Also the column shifter for the transfer case four-wheel drive two wheel drive unlock your hubs and make sure you are in neutral and try and disengage column shifter

  6. I own two London taxis and these two units both TD27 Diesel engines. I need to replace them. Who call sell me two engines in good condition? I also need one engine for a Nissan brougham the V6 in good condition too

  7. I have a nissian atlas TD 27 2663 Could you tell me what filters it takes ie oil fuel and air I cannot read the current filters as they are in Japanese

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