Toyota has a long standing reputation for the durability of their engines. The Toyota 22RE was one of the final engines from the long history of Toyota R family engines. This 4 cylinder 2.4 liter engine made by Toyota is yet another great engine that is made to last.
The Toyota 22RE was first introduced to the public in 1982 and was a cast iron engine. 1985 brought about some big changes for the 22RE; the block was taller and the head was shorter than the previous model. The 22RE is the fuel-injected version of the 22R and originally produced 105 horsepower at 4,800 rpm.
The Celica was the first Toyota vehicle to use the 22RE, but were discontinued in 1985. It was also used in the Toyota pick-up trucks and the 4Runner until 1995. In addition to the Celica, pickups and 4Runner, the 22RE engine was also put into the Toyota Hilux, and Toyota Corona and even used in the Volkswagen Taro (until 1997). Over the next decade modifications were made and could reach a maximum torque of 137 at 2,800. By 1995 the horsepower increased slightly to 112 at 4,600 rpm with the maximum torque being rated to 142 at 3,400 rpm.
Overview of the 22RE
The 22RE is an OverHead Cam (OHC) design that has a hemispherical combustion chambers. It is was manufactured as a 4 cylinder engine with one intake and one exhaust per cylinder valve, a total of eight valves. The valve train on the 22RE uses a push rod setup with the camshaft in the block. It also offered soft piston rings that allow the cylinder bores to avoid ridges throughout the duration of the engine’s life and increased its longevity. While it is not quite as effective as a Twin Cam, which offers a two or four valves per, it is extremely efficient.
This engine offers quite a bit of torque at a reasonable RPM because of the long stroke. In later versions of the 22RE, the shorter head model, had keyhole shaped exhaust ports. With that being said, the 22RE is a great dependable and durable engine, but does not offer much get up and go.
Even though the 22RE was discontinued after 1997 it has been reported that these engines are still going strong with usually having the ability to go 300K-400K miles. There have even been a few reports of the Toyota 22RE reaching 1 million miles. The most important thing to remember with the 22RE is to make sure timing chain in changed every 150,000 miles due to the fact that it will get loose and eventually wear through the back of the water pump housing. What the Toyota 22RE engine lacks in power it makes up for it in reliability and longevity.