Nissan 1.6L (97 cu in) firing order — what is it?
Maximizing performance through the Nissan 1.6L firing order guide.
Nissan is known as a brand that makes high-performing JDM vehicles and engines, but their engineers also have a knack for designing reliable low-capacity powertrains. A perfect example is the 1.6-liter four-cylinder used as a base option for many of their vehicle models which turned out to be a great option.
However, using the Nissan 1.6L (97 cu in) firing order can extend the life cycle of this engine, which is why we wanted to help. It’s not so well-known among drivers, so our team will do its best to guide you through the firing sequence and the way in which it can help with your car.
Nissan 1.6L firing order
For the start, the Nissan 1.6L firing order is 1-3-4-2 which is pretty common among Nissan’s four-cylinder engines. This engine also has a counter-clockwise distributor rotation, which means that the firing order is dictated by the arrangement of the distributor connections with ignition coils.
Using the firing order can greatly help with lots of DIY maintenance such as diagnosing misfires or checking if the spark plugs or coil packs need to be changed. That’s why we’ll guide you through the process of using it, and the next important step is to determine the cylinder positions within the engine.
Nissan 1.6L cylinder diagram
Since the 1.6-liter engine is a straight-four, it means that the engine’s cylinders are arranged from 1 to 4 in a straight pattern. That means it’s easier for you as an owner to apply the firing order of the engine and do some regular checkups by easily identifying the cylinders.
The first cylinder is on the left side of the engine, or in other words on the passenger’s side looking from inside the vehicle. On the other hand, cylinders number 2, 3, and 4 spread from the first one on the left side toward the right end of the engine.
Nissan 1.6L vehicle applications
To properly use the firing order of the 1.6-liter engine, you have to be sure that your vehicle uses this exact powertrain. So, here’s a list of all the Nissan models that came with this engine installed from the factory just so you can be sure:
- Nissan Note
- Nissan Micra
- Nissan Tiida
- Nissan Sentra
- Nissan Almera
- Nissan Sunny
The engine is still ongoing in production in 2023 which makes it one of the longest-lasting four-cylinder engines made by Nissan and that speaks in favor of its reliability.
After reading this guide, we hope you’ll be able to apply the firing order of this engine to properly maintain it in the long run and reduce maintenance costs.
It always comes in handy when diagnosing misfires which sadly may occur during the lifetime of this engine, so on behalf of our team, we are glad to have helped.