How do I positively identify a swapped in 4 cyl motor that is in the 2000 nissan frontier that I just bought?


SunDog67
03-12-2012, 11:07 PM
It was being sold as having 164K on the odometer, but with a newer 4cyl engine with only 75K from a 2005 Xterra. I took the guys word for it, and I still believe him at this point, but it needs a tune up and I want to positively identify the engine.

These are the stock specs on my truck:

2000 NISSAN FRONTIER XE
CLUB CAB PICKUP
2.4L I4 FI DOHC
REAR WHEEL DRIVE

It looks just like this one:

http://bucket3.preeceweb.com/2000NissanFrontierXE/2000NissanFrontierXE.jpg

After buying the truck, we hit walmart for plugs and oil, filters, etc. The machine that u enter ur cars info into only showed a 6cyl motor for a 2005 Xterra, so I called the guy back and he said maybe it was a 2004 motor that was put in?

So, I'm going to go look at my motor in a bit, but I was hoping u guys could help me figure out what I have. I imagine there is an engine code stamped into the block?

If it helps, here is a pic of the engine that I took the other day when first checking out the truck:

http://bucket3.preeceweb.com/2000NissanFrontierXE/IMG_20120310_180106-2.jpg

I'll probly be posting more pics soon.

Thx

SunDog67
03-13-2012, 12:31 AM
Here are more pics. I pulled the plugs and took pics of both sides. Note the order of the plugs as indicated.

I thought that I could possibly cross reference the number on the plugs (Autolite 3924 double platinum) to help identify the motor.

http://bucket3.preeceweb.com/2000NissanFrontierXE/frontier-plugs-2.jpg

http://bucket3.preeceweb.com/2000NissanFrontierXE/frontier-plugs-1.jpg

Here are more pics of the engine:

http://bucket3.preeceweb.com/2000NissanFrontierXE/engine-1.jpg

http://bucket3.preeceweb.com/2000NissanFrontierXE/engine-2.jpg

http://bucket3.preeceweb.com/2000NissanFrontierXE/engine-3.jpg

This last one I thought may be an engine code, it was way down on the lower driver side of the block and hard to see. So I reached as far as I could and took a few pics with my cel phone. After a few blurry shots, this is the best one, and I cracked up when I finally was able to read it:

http://bucket3.preeceweb.com/2000NissanFrontierXE/engine-4.jpg

NISSAN

HECHO EN MEXICO

Thx

SunDog67
03-13-2012, 10:33 AM
Here is another shot on the bottom drivers side which I took while laying under the truck. I think the stamp reads 0413A or D413A.

http://bucket3.preeceweb.com/2000NissanFrontierXE/engine-5.jpg

SunDog67
03-13-2012, 03:34 PM
I took the truck to the local nissan dealership and the parts guy looked at the engine and said it is s KA24DE. So, I got new NGK plugs, oil, oil filter, and air cleaner and gave it a tune up. It runs like a champ now, with some minor issues yet to be researched.

BTW, in case anyone was wondering, the wiki page says that "Most KA24DEs bound for the US were built in the Mexican city of Aguascalientes, with the exceptions of ..."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nissan_KA_engine

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