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Locating Ford engine type from VIN

Last Updated: Jan 12, 2018 04:07PM EST

Locate the VIN beneath the windshield of the car on the driver's side. If you cannot read the VIN from this location, you can refer to the Certificate of Title and Registration or the label on the door pillar of the driver's side, which also contains the VIN.

 

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Verify that the second character of the vehicle's VIN is "F," which is representative of a portion of the World Manufacturer Identification number assigned to Ford vehicles by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The third digit provides additional information on the type of vehicle. For example, a Ford truck will be "FT" and a multipurpose vehicle such as an Explorer will be "FM."

 

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Use the following list to determine the engine type based upon the eighth letter or number of the VIN sequence if the vehicle is a passenger car. A: V-8 3.9L DOHC “AJ-V8” (Lincoln LS) G: V-6 DOHC SVT H: V-8 5.4L EFI 4V “Modular” (Mustang Cobra R) L: V-6 2.5L DOHC “Duratec 25” N: V-8 3.4L EFI DOHC “Yamaha” (Taurus SHO) P: I-4 2.0L SPIEFI “Zetec” R: V-8 DOHC Ram Air (Mustang Mach 1) S: V-6 3.0L DOHC “Duratec 30” or V-8 DOHC SC (Ford GT) U: V-6 3.0L EFI “Vulcan” V: V-8 DOHC (Marauder) W: V-8 4.6L SOHC “Modular” X: V-8 SOHC (Mustang GT) Y: V-8 DOHC SC (Mustang Cobra) Z: I-4 2.3L DOHC PZEV “Duratec 23” 2: V-6 4.2L EFI-FFV 3: I-4 DOHC 4: V-6 3.8L EFI “Essex” 5: I-4 2.0L DOHC HP “Duratec ST” (Focus ZX3 SVT) 6: V-6 3.9L EFI 9: V-8 SOHC (CNG)

 

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Use the following list to determine the engine type based upon the eighth character of the VIN sequence if the vehicle is a light truck. A: I-4 2.3L EFI or V-8 5.4L DOHC (Windsor plant) “Intech” B: I-4 2.0L “Zetech” or I-4 2.5L OHV-DI (diesel) C: I-4 2.5L EFI-SOHC D: I-4 2.3L EFI “Duratech 23” E: V-6 4.0L EFI-SOHC F: V-8 7.3L “Navistar” Turbo-Diesel H: V-8 DOHC K: V-6 4.0L SOHC L: V-8 5.4L EFI-SOHC “Triton” M: V-8 5.4L SOHC (CNG) N: V-8 5.0L P: V-8 5.0L EFI or V-8 6.0L EFI “Navistar Powerstroke” (diesel) R: V-8 DOHC S: V-10 6.8L EFI-SOHC T: V-6 3.3L EFI-SOHC “Nissan VG” (Mercury Villager) U: V-6 3.0L EFI “Vulcan” W: V-8 4.6L EFI-SOHC (Windsor plant) X: V-6 4.0L EFI-OHV Z: V-8 5.4L SOHC (gaseous fuel prep) 1: V-6 3.0L DOHC “Duratech 30” 2: V-6 4.2L EFI-OHV 3: V-8 SOHC 4: V-6 3.6L EFI “Essex” 5: V-8 SOHC(E) 6: V-6 3.9L EFI or V-8 4.6L EFI-SOHC (Windsor plant) “Triton”

 

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Use the following list to determine the engine type based upon the eighth character of the VIN sequence if the vehicle is a commercial truck. B: V-10 bi-fuel NGV/LPG F: V-8 turbo diesel L: V-8 5.4L gasoline S: V-10 6.8L gasoline Z: V-10 gasoline-GFP J: V-8 6.0L (INT) K: V-8 6.0L (INT) L: V-8 6.0L (INT) M: V-8 6.0L (INT) Y: V-8 6.0L (INT) Z: V-8 6.0L (INT) 0: V-8 6.0L (INT) 5: V-8 7.3L (NAV) 6: V-8 7.3L (NAV)

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