Renault / Nissan K9K 1.5 dCI

Renault / Nissan K9K The Renault K9K 1.5 dCI is a 1.5 l (1,461 cc, 89.15 cu-in) straight-four 4-stroke turbocharged diesel engine co-developed by Nissan and Renault. The engine is produced since 2001. The K9K engines are available in different versions, each configuration corresponds to the three-digit code and have deifferent specificatons.

The K9K engine features cast-iron block with five-bearings crankshaft and aluminum head with a single camshaft (SOHC) and two valves per cylinder. The K9K 1.5 dCI has a common-rail injection system and turbocharger Borg-Warner.

There are three versions of 1.5 dCI engine: a low power level version, a high power level version and a high power version with variable geometry turbocharger. Low power versions (up to 66 kW) uses the Delphi fuel injection system for Euro 3,4 engines or Bosch for Euro 5 versions. High power versions (70 kW and higher) uses fuel injection system by Continental. The engines are equipped with EGR-system and latest modifications use diesel particulate filter.

A 76.0 mm (2.99 in) cylinder bore and 80.5 mm (3.17 in) piston stroke give the motor a total of 1,461 cc of displacement. Compression ratio rating is 15.2:1.

It produces from 65 PS (48 KW; 64 HP) to 110 PS (81 KW; 108.6 HP) of horsepower and from 160 Nm (16.3 kg·m; 118.1 ft·lb) to 260 Nm (26.5 kg·m; 191.9 ft·lb) of torque.

General information

Engine Specifications
Engine codeK9K 1.5 dCI
LayoutFour stroke, Inline-4 (Straight-4)
Fuel typeDiesel
Displacement1.5 L, 1,461 cc (89.15 cu-in)
Fuel system Common-rail injection system (Delphi)
Common-rail injection system (Bosch)
Common-rail injection system (Continental)
Power adderTurbocharger Borg-Warner
Power output 65 PS (48 KW; 64 HP) at 4,000 rpm
69 PS (51 KW; 68 HP) at 4,000 rpm
80 PS (59 KW; 79 HP) at 4,000 rpm
82 PS (60 KW; 80.5 HP) at 4,000 rpm
86 PS (63 KW; 84.5 HP) at 3,750 rpm
86 PS (63 KW; 84.5 HP) at 4,000 rpm
90 PS (66 KW; 88.5 HP) at 3,750 rpm
90 PS (66 KW; 88.5 HP) at 4,000 rpm
101 PS (74 KW; 100 HP) at 4,000 rpm
103 PS (76 KW; 102 HP) at 4,000 rpm
106 PS (78 KW; 105 HP) at 4,000 rpm
108 PS (80 KW; 107 HP) at 4,000 rpm
110 PS (81 KW; 109 HP) at 4,000 rpm
110 PS (81 KW; 109 HP) at 5,500 rpm
Torque output 160 Nm (16.3 kg·m; 118.1 ft·lb) at 2,000 rpm
185 Nm (18.9 kg·m; 136.5 ft·lb) at 1,750 rpm
185 Nm (18.9 kg·m; 136.5 ft·lb) at 2,000 rpm
200 Nm (20.4 kg·m; 147.6 ft·lb) at 1,700 rpm
200 Nm (20.4 kg·m; 147.6 ft·lb) at 1,900 rpm
200 Nm (20.4 kg·m; 147.6 ft·lb) at 2,000 rpm
220 Nm (22.4 kg·m; 162.4 ft·lb) at 1,750 rpm
240 Nm (24.5 kg·m; 177.1 ft·lb) at 1,750 rpm
240 Nm (24.5 kg·m; 177.1 ft·lb) at 2,000 rpm
250 Nm (25.5 kg·m; 184.5 ft·lb) at 1,750 rpm
250 Nm (25.5 kg·m; 184.5 ft·lb) at 2,000 rpm
260 Nm (26.5 kg·m; 191.9 ft·lb) at 1,750 rpm
260 Nm (26.5 kg·m; 191.9 ft·lb) at 2,000 rpm
260 Nm (26.5 kg·m; 191.9 ft·lb) at 2,500 rpm
Injection order1-3-4-2
Dimensions (L x W x H):

Cylinder block

The K9K has a cast-iron cylinder block with five bearing support system. The engine used forged steel connecting rods, each piston is equipped with two compression and single oil control ring. Bore and stroke are 76.0 mm (2.99 in) and 80.5 mm (3.17 in), respectively. Compression ratio rating is 15.2:1.

Cylinder block (Nissan Qashqai J11 specs)
Cylinder block alloyCast-iron
Compression ratio:15.2:1
Cylinder bore:76.0 mm (2.99 in)
Piston stroke:80.5 mm (3.17 in)
Number of piston rings (compression / oil):2 / 1
Number of main bearings:5
Cylinder inner diameter (standard):76.000 mm (2.9921 in)
Piston skirt diameter (standard):75.938-75.952 mm (2.9897-2.9902 in)
Piston pin outer diameter:25.995-26.000 mm (1.0234-1.0236 in)
Piston ring side clearance:Top0.10-0.12 mm (0.0039-0.0047 in)-
Second0.08-0.10 mm (0.0031-0.0039 in)
Oil0.03-0.07 mm (0.0011-0.0027 in)
Piston ring end gap:Top0.20-0.35 mm (0.0079-0.0138 in)
Second0.70-0.90 mm (0.0276-0.0354 in)
Oil0.25-0.50 mm (0.0098-0.0197 in)
Connecting rod small end diameter:26.013-26.025 mm (1.0241-1.0246 in)
Connecting rod big end diameter:47.610-47.627 mm (1.8744-1.8751 in)
Center distance:133.75 mm (5.266 in)
Crankshaft main journal diameter:47.99-48.01 mm (1.8894-1.8902 in)
Crankpin diameter:43.96-43.98 mm (1.7307-1.7315 in)

Main bearing cap bolts tightening procedure and torque specs:

  • Step 1: 25 Nm; 2.6 kg·m; 18 ft·lb
  • Step 2: Turn all bolts 47° clockwise

After securing bearing cap bolts, make sure crankshaft turns smoothly by hand.

Connecting rod bearing bolts

  • Step 1: 20 Nm; 2.0 kg·m; 15 ft·lb
  • Step 2: Turn all bolts 45° clockwise

Cylinder head

The cylinder head is made of strong, light aluminum alloy which gives it good cooling efficiency. The camshaft is supported by six bearings. The engine uses the timing belt and does not have hydraulic lifters, so special valve lifters are used to adjust the valve clearance.

Intake valves are 33.5 mm (1.31 in) in diameter, intake duration is 191°, valve lift is 8.0 mm (0.315 in), and the exhaust valves are 29.0 mm (1.14 in) in diameter, exhaust duration is 200°, valve lift is 8.6 mm (0.339 in).

Cylinder head (Nissan Qashqai J11 specs)
Valve Arrangement:SOHC, belt drive
Cylinder head height:127.0 mm (5.000 in)
Valves:8 (2 valves per cylinder)
Valve timing:INTAKE191°
Valve head diameter:INTAKE33.38-33.62 mm (1.314-1.324 in)
EXHAUST28.88-29.12 mm (1.137-1.146 in)
Valve length:INTAKE100.74-101.16 mm (3.9661-3.9827 in)
EXHAUST100.54-100.96 mm (3.9583-3.9748 in)
Valve stem diameter:INTAKE5.969-5.985 mm (0.2350-0.2356 in)
EXHAUST5.955-5.971 mm (0.2344-0.2351 in)
Valve spring free length:43.31 mm (1.7051 in)
Camshaft cam height:INTAKE44.012-44.018 mm (1.7327-1.7329 in)
EXHAUST44.592-44.598 mm (1.7555-1.7557 in)
Outer camshaft journal diameter:№1,2, 3, 4, 524.979-25.000 mm (0.9834-0.9843 in)
№627.979-28.000 mm (1.1015-1.1024 in)

Head tightening procedure and torque specs:

  • Step 1: 25 Nm; 2.6 kg·m; 18 ft·lb
  • Step 2: Turn all bolts 255°

Maintenance data

Valve clearance (Cold)
Intake valve0.125-0.250 mm (0.0049-0.0098 in)
Exhaust valve0.325-0.450 mm (0.0128-0.0177 in)
Compression pressure
Standard18.4 kg/m2 (18.0 bar, 2261 psi)
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 5W-30
Oil type API
Engine oil capacity (Refill capacity) With filter change 4.6 l (4 qt.)
Without filter change 4.4 l (3-7/8 qt.)
Oil change interval, km (miles)10,000-15,000 (6,000-9,000)
Oil Pressure, Idle speed: More than 1.2 bar
3,000 rpm: More than 3.5 bar

Vehicle applications

ModelYears Produced
K9K 700 / 704
Dacia Logan
Renault Clio II
Renault Kangoo
Renault Thalia
Renault Pulse (India)
Suzuki Jimny
Nissan Micra
Mahindra Verito
K9K 792
Dacia Sandero
Renault Clio II
K9K 260 / 702 / 710 / 722
Renault Mégane II
Renault Clio II
Renault Thalia
Renault Kangoo
Renault Scénic II
Nissan Micra
Nissan Almera
K9K 266
Suzuki Jimny
K9K 728 / 766 / 772 / 796 / 802 / 830
Renault Mégane II
Renault Modus
Renault Clio III
Renault Scala (India)
Renault Mégane III
Dacia Sandero
Dacia Logan MCV
Nissan Micra
Nissan Sunny (India)
K9K 764 / 732(282)
Renault Kangoo
Renault Modus
Renault Scénic III
Nissan Tiida
Nissan Note
Nissan Qashqai
K9K 836 / 636
Renault Mégane III
Renault Laguna
Nissan Cube
Nissan Qashqai
K9K 770 / 892
Dacia Logan
Dacia Sandero
Renault Clio III
Renault Fluence
Nissan Note
Nissan NV200
K9K 896
Dacia Duster
Renault Fluence (India)
Nissan Juke
Nissan NV200
K9K 846 / OM 607 DE 15 LA
Dacia Lodgy
Renault Mégane IV
Renault Kadjar
Renault Scénic IV
Mercedes-Benz A-Class
Mercedes-Benz B-Class
Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
Infiniti Q30
Mercedes-Benz Citan
K9K 608 / 609
Renault Clio
Renault Captur
Nissan Note
Nissan Micra
K9K 628
Renault Clio
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    • For K9K on Nissan Qashqai J11
      Main bearing cap bolts:
      Step 1: 25 Nm; 2.6 kg·m; 18 ft·lb
      Step 2: Turn all bolts 47 degrees clockwise

      Connecting rod bearing bolts
      Step 1: 20 Nm; 2.0 kg·m; 15 ft·lb
      Step 2: Turn all bolts 45 degrees clockwise

  1. How can I find out which way round the conrod should face in the block? The engine was stripped and the tech didn’t take note of the orientation.

  2. I got Dacia Logan MCV 2008 and engine is K9K 8796,,you showing only Sendero is come with this engine.

  3. I have a problem with mine 460000 miles and runs perfectly but will only start when cold when hot you have to bump start it or let it cool for 2 hrs…..

    • Take crank pulley off ,slot in crankshaft should be at 12 o clock.
      Camshaft pulley should be able to put bolt into hole, at this point take plug out under starter motor and put special bolt in place to lock crank. This will now be locked on correct valve timing

  4. J’ai une question: les moteurs K9K 1.5 DCI ont-ils des problèmes de pompe à huile dont est dérivé l’arbre du rotor de la pompe à huile?

  5. i have 2011 logan mcv MK1 PH2 and the engine is K9K 792 version. you showing only Sandero and Clio 2 come with this engine.

  6. My 2017 Mercedes B class has this 1.5 dci engine. The Eml is on and fault code is for air intake temperature sensor 2.
    Where is this on this engine?

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