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

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Last Updated on: 16th November 2023, 02:26 am

The Ford 1.6L Duratec ti-VCT is a 1.6L inline-4 engine producing 105-132 hp and 150-160 nm of torque.

In this article, we’ll discuss the design and specs of the Ford 1.6L Duratec engine, as well as its reliability and issues.

Design of the Ford 1.6L Duratec Engine

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.

Ford Duratec 1.6L ti-vct engine

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.


  • Manufacturer: Bridgend Engine
  • Production years: 2004+
  • 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: 11.0:1
  • 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 1.6L engine, like previous models, is very reliable.

There seems to be very few common problems.

Vehicle Applications

This engine is used in a variety of engines, as shown below.

113 hp, 155 Nm Version

  • 2004–2011 Ford Focus 1.6
  • 2004–2010 Ford Focus C-MAX 1.6
  • 2007–Present Ford Mondeo 1.6

118 hp, 152 Nm Version

  • 2008–Present Ford Fiesta Mk7

104 hp, 150 Nm Version

  • 2011–Present Ford Focus 1.6
  • 2010–Present Ford C-Max 1.6

108 hp, 160 Nm Version

  • 2007–Present Ford Mondeo 1.6

123 hp, 159 Nm Version

  • 2008–Present Ford Mondeo 1.6 160 N⋅m (118 lb⋅ft)
  • 2011–Present Ford Focus 1.6
  • 2010–Present Ford C-Max 1.6
  • Andy Lewin

    Andy Lewin is a senior mechanic, ASE qualified master technician, and an experienced automotive engineer. He's passionate about serving the automotive community with the highest-quality and trustworthy information on all things automotive. He loves to write about car repairs, maintenance, car modifications and tuning, faults, and much more.

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