Toyota 5A-FE

Toyota 5A-FEThe Toyota 5A-FE is a 1,5 l (1,498 cc, 91.4 cu-in) straight-four 4-stroke natural aspirated gasoline engine from Toyota A-family. This engine was manufactured by Toyota Motor Company from 1988 to 2003.

The Toyota 5A-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 cylinder bore is 78.7 mm (3.1 in) and the piston stroke is 77.0 mm (3.03 in). The compression ratio rating is 9.8:1.

The engine produces from 94.0 PS (69 kW; 92.5 HP) at 6,000 rpm to 105 PS (77 kW; 103.0 HP) at 6,000 rpm of maximum horsepower and from 128 N·m (13.1 kg·m, 94.3 ft·lb) at 3,200 rpm to 137 N·m (14 kg·m, 101 ft·lb) at 4,000 rpm of peak torque.

The breakdown of the engine code is as follows:

  • 5 – 5-th generation engine
  • A – Engine family
  • F – Economy narrow-angle DOHC
  • E – Multi Point Fuel Injection

General information

Engine Specifications
Engine code5A-FE
LayoutFour stroke, Inline-4 (Straight-4)
Fuel typeGasoline (petrol)
Displacement1.5 L, 1,498 cc (91.4 cu in)
Fuel systemElectronic fuel injection (EFI)
Power adderNone
Power output From 94.0 PS (69 kW; 92.5 HP) at 6,000 rpm
to 105 PS (77 kW; 103.0 HP) at 6,000 rpm
Torque output From 128 N·m (13.1 kg·m, 94.3 ft·lb) at 3,200 rpm
to 137 N·m (14 kg·m, 101 ft·lb) at 4,000 rpm
Firing order1-3-4-2
Dimensions (L x W x H):

Cylinder block

The 5A-FE has a cast-iron block, forged steel crankshaft, and five main bearings. The cylinder bore is 78.7 mm (3.1 in) and the piston stroke is 77.0 mm (3.03 in). The compression ratio rating is 9.8:1.

Cylinder block
Cylinder block alloyCast-iron
Compression ratio:9.8:1
Cylinder bore:78.7 mm (3.1 in)
Piston stroke:77.0 mm (3.03 in)
Number of piston rings (compression / oil):2 / 1
Number of main bearings:5
Cylinder inner diameter (standard):81.000-81.010 mm (3.189-3.1894 in)
Piston ring side clearance:Top0.045-0.085 mm (0.0018-0.0033 in)
Second0.030-0.070 mm (0.0012-0.0028 in)
Piston ring end gap:Top0.200-0.350 mm (0.0079-0.0138 in)
Second0.350-0.500 mm (0.0138-0.0197 in)/td>
Oil0.100-0.400 mm (0.0039-0.0157 in)
Crankshaft main journal diameter:47.982-48.000 mm (1.8891-1.8898 in)
Crankpin diameter:39.985-40.000 mm (1.5742-1.5748 in)

Cylinder head

Cylinder head
Valve Arrangement:DOHC, belt drive
Valves:16 (4 valves per cylinder)
Valve head diameter:INTAKE
Valve length:INTAKE87.45 mm (3.4429 in)
EXHAUST87.45 mm (3.4429 in)
Valve stem diameter:INTAKE5.970-5.985 mm (0.235-0.2356 in)
EXHAUST5.965-5.980 mm (0.2348-0.2354 in)
Valve spring free length:42.400 mm (1.6693 in)
Camshaft lobe heightINTAKE41.710-41.810 mm (1.6421-1.6461 in)
EXHAUST41.960-42.060 mm (1.652-1.6559 in)

Maintenance data

Valve clearance
Intake valve0.15-0.25 mm (0.006-0.010 in)
Exhaust valve0.25-0.35 mm (0.010-0.014 in)
Compression pressure
Standard14.0 kg/m2 / 200 rpm
Minimun10.0 kg/m2 / 200 rpm
Compression differential limit between cylinders1.0 kg/m2 / 200 rpm
Oil system
Recommended engine oil SAE 10W-30, 15W-40
Oil type APISC, SD, SE, SF
Engine oil capacity (Refill capacity) With filter change: 3.0 L (3.17 US. qt, 2.64 Imp. qt.)
Oil change interval, km (miles)10,000 (6,000)
Ignition system
Spark plug For Japan market:
DENSO: Q16R-U, NGK BCPR5EY, Champion RC12YC5
Spark plug gap: For Japan market:
0.8 mm (0.0315 in)
1.1 mm (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 – 0.20 mm (0.008 in)]
N = R + [M – 0.30 mm (0.014 in)]

Valve lifters are available in 16 sizes to range from 2.55 mm (0.100 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 – 0.20) = 3.00 mm, so we need a valve shim 3.00 mm (0.1181 in).

Vehicle applications

ModelYears Produced
Toyota Carina (T170)1988-1992
Toyota Carina (T210)1996-2001
Toyota Corolla (E90)1988-1992
Toyota Corolla (E110)1995-2000
Toyota Sprinter (E90)1988-1991
Toyota Sprinter (E110)1995-2000
Toyota Carina (T190)1992-1998
Toyota Corona (T170)1989-1992
Toyota Corolla (E100)1991-1998
Toyota Corolla Ceres (E100)1992-1998
Toyota Sprinter (E100)1992-1998
Toyota Soluna (L50)1996-2003
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