The Toyota 3S-FE is a 2,0 l (1,998 cc, 121.93 cu-in) straight-four 4-stroke natural aspirated gasoline engine from Toyota S-family. This engine was manufactured by Toyota Motor Company from 1986 to 2003.
The Toyota 3S-FE features a cast-iron cylinder block and aluminum head with two camshafts (DOHC) and four valves per cylinder (two intakes and two exhaust). The 3S-FE engine has VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing with intelligence) for the intake side (after 1996), Electronic fuel injection (EFI), and a distributorless ignition system for the later version or distributor ignition system for an early version.
An 86.0 mm (3.39 in) cylinder bore and 86.0 mm (3.39 in) piston stroke give the 3S-FE motor a total of 1,998 cc (121.93 cu-in) of displacement. The compression ratio rating is 9.5:1.
The engine produces from 115.6 PS (85 kW; 114.0 HP) at 5,400 rpm to 140.0 PS (103 kW; 138.0 HP) at 6,000 rpm of maximum horsepower and from 155.0 N·m (15.8 kg·m, 114.2 ft·lb) at 2,800 rpm to 186 N·m (19 kg·m, 137.1 ft·lb) at 4,400 rpm of peak torque.
The breakdown of the engine code is as follows:
- 3 – 3-rd generation engine
- S – Engine family
- F – Economy narrow-angle DOHC
- E – Multi Point Fuel Injection
|Layout||Four stroke, Inline-4 (Straight-4)|
|Fuel type||Gasoline (petrol)|
|Displacement||2.0 L, 1,998 cc (121.93 cu in)|
|Fuel system||Electronic fuel injection (EFI)|
From 115.6 PS (85 kW; 114.0 HP) at 5,400 rpm
to 140.0 PS (103 kW; 138.0 HP) at 6,000 rpm
From 155.0 N·m (15.8 kg·m, 114.2 ft·lb) at 2,800 rpm
to 186 N·m (19 kg·m, 137.1 ft·lb) at 4,400 rpm
|Dimensions (L x W x H):||–|
|Weight||~ 140 kg (308.6 lbs)|
The 3S-FE has a cast-iron block, forged steel crankshaft, and five main bearings. The cylinder bore is 86.0 mm (3.39 in) and the piston stroke is 86.0 mm (3.39 in). The compression ratio rating is 9.5:1.
|Cylinder block (1996-2003 specs)|
|Cylinder block alloy||Cast-iron|
|Cylinder bore:||86.0 mm (3.39 in)|
|Piston stroke:||86.0 mm (3.39 in)|
|Number of piston rings (compression / oil):||2 / 1|
|Number of main bearings:||5|
|Cylinder inner diameter (standard):||86.000-86.001 mm (3.3858-3.3859 in)|
|Piston skirt diameter (standard):||85.847-85.857 mm (3.3798-3.3802 in)|
|Piston ring side clearance:||Top||0.030-0.070 mm (0.0012-0.0028 in))|
|Second||0.030-0.070 mm (0.0012-0.0028 in)|
|Piston ring end gap:||Top||0.270-0.400 mm (0.0106-0.0157 in)|
|Second||0.270-0.410 mm (0.0106-0.0161 in)|
|Oil||0.200-0.700 mm (0.0079-0.0276 in)|
|Crankshaft main journal diameter:||54.998-55.003 mm (2.1653-2.1655 in)|
|Crankpin diameter:||51.985-52.000 mm (2.0466-2.0472 in)|
|Cylinder head (1996-2003 specs with VVT-i)|
|Valve Arrangement:||DOHC, belt drive|
|Valves:||16 (4 valves per cylinder)|
|Valve head diameter:||INTAKE||–|
|Valve length:||INTAKE||97.6 mm (3.8425 in)|
|EXHAUST||98.45 mm (3.876 in)|
|Valve stem diameter:||INTAKE||5.970-5.985 mm (0.235-0.2356 in)|
|EXHAUST||5.965-5.980 mm (0.2348-0.2354 in)|
|Valve spring free length:||41.96 mm (1.652 in)|
|Camshaft lobe height||INTAKE||42.01-42.11 mm (1.6539-1.6579 in)|
|EXHAUST||40.06-40.16 mm (1.5772-1.5811 in)|
|Valve clearance (HOT)|
|Intake valve||0.19-0.29 mm (0.007-0.011 in)|
|Exhaust valve||0.28-0.38 mm (0.011-0.015 in)|
|Standard||12.5 kg/m2 / 200 rpm|
|Minimun||10.0 kg/m2 / 200 rpm|
|Compression differential limit between cylinders||1.0 kg/m2 / 200 rpm|
|Oil consumption , L/1000 km (qt. per miles)||up to 0.5 (1 qt. per 1200 miles)|
|Recommended engine oil||SAE 10W-30, 15W-40|
|Oil type API||SH, SJ, SL|
|Engine oil capacity (Refill capacity)||
With filter change: 3.9 l (1.0 US gal, 0.9 Imp. gal)
Without filter change 3.7 l (3.9 US.qts, 3.3 Imp. qts)
|Oil change interval, km (miles)||10,000 (6,000)|
|Spark plug||DENSO: K20TR-11 NGK: BKR6EKB-11|
|Spark plug gap:||1.0-1.1 mm (0.0394-0.0433 in)|
|Spark plug torque:||18 N·m (1.8 kg·m, 13.3 ft·lb)|
Valve clearance adjustment data
Calculate the thickness of the 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 – 0.24 mm (0.009 in)]
N = R + [M – 0.35 mm (0.014 in)]
Valve lifters are available in 17 sizes to range from 2.50 mm (0.0984 in) to 3.30 mm (0.1298 in), in steps of 0.05 mm (0.0020 in).
Example (intake valve):
R = 2.70 mm
M = 0.50 mm
N = 2.70 + (0.50 – 0.35) = 2.85 mm, so we need a valve lifter 2.85 mm (0.1122 in).
|Toyota Avensis (T220)||1997-2003|
|Toyota Celica (T160)||1986-1989|
|Toyota Celica (T180)||1989-1993|
|Toyota Celica (T200)||1993-1999|
|Toyota Camry (V20)||1986-1992|
|Toyota Camry (V30)||1990-1994|
|Toyota Camry (V40)||1994-1998|
|Toyota Vista (V50)||1998-2003|
|Toyota Caldina (T190)||1992-2002|
|Toyota Caldina (T210)||1997-2002|
|Toyota Carina (T170)||1987-1992|
|Toyota Carina (T190)||1992-1998|
|Toyota Corona (T170)||1987-1992|
|Toyota Corona (T190)||1992-1998|
|Toyota Picnic (XM10)||1995-2001|
|Toyota RAV4 (XA10)||1994-2003|
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Can you fit the vvti engine into the earlier model engine swap?
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