Ford 1.6L Duratec TI-VCT Engine (Specs, Reliability & Issues)

Variable valve timing system, new intake manifold, new pistons, and new software separate the 1.6 litre Duratec TI-VCT engine from the original 1.6 Duratec.

In 1995, the Zetec SE series (later renamed Duratec) was released. Yamaha of Japan collaborated in the development of this engine. The engine is rather light. The 16-valve two-camshaft aluminium head rests on top of the aluminium cylinder block.

Remember to replace your timing belt (rather than a chain) every 100,000 miles if your engine uses one. Hydraulic tappets, which are used to control valve backlash, are missing from the engine.

The 1.6 TI VCT is more reliable and fun to drive than the Duratec 1.6. The Duratec HE 2.0 litre engine, on the other hand, is a more practical alternative for individuals who like fast driving.

Ford Duratec 1.6L ti-vct engine


  • Manufacturer: Bridgend Engine

  • Production years: 2004-present day

  • Cylinder block material: Aluminium

  • Cylinder head material: Aluminium

  • Fuel type: Gasoline

  • Fuel system: Electronic fuel injection

  • Configuration: Inline

  • Number of cylinders: 4

  • Valves per cylinder: 4

  • Valvetrain layout: DOHC

  • Bore: 79.0 mm

  • Stroke: 81.4 mm

  • Displacement: 1596 cc

  • Type: Four-stroke, naturally aspirated

  • Compression Ratio: 11.0

  • Power: 115 hp at 6000 rpm

  • Torque: 114 ft-lb at 4150 rpm

  • Firing order: 1-3-4-2

  • Engine oil weight: 5W-20, 5W-30

  • Engine oil capacity: 4.1 litres

  • Oil change interval: 6,000 miles

  • Applications: Ford C-Max, Ford Focus Mk II, Ford Mondeo Mk IV

Reliability & Issues

If the engine timing belt fails, make sure the rollers and belts are replaced once every 100,000 kilometres. The 1.6-liter engine, like previous models, is reliable and free of defects.

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