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just wondering if anyone knows how to read the vin for the taurus'

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I know that engine code is the 8th digit, and model year letter is the 10th. 9th should be a check digit, 11th should be assembly plant and the 12th+ should indicate the order that the vehicle came off the assembly line. Not too sure other than those.

U = 3.0L Vulcan
S = 3.0L Duratec



T = 1996
V = 1997
W = 1998
X = 1999
Y = 2000
1 = 2001

etc...

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Digits 1, 2 and 3: World Manufacturer identifier
Digit 4: restraint system
Digit 5: manufacturer's specification
Digits 6 and 7: Line, series and body type
Digit 8: Engine type
Digit 9: check digit
Digit 10: Vehicle model year
Digit 11: assembly plant
Digits 12 through 17: Production sequence number


Engine series:

2: 3.0 (OHV)
U: 3.0 (OHV)
S: 3.0 (DOHC)
1: 3.0 (OHV)
N: 3.4 (DOHC) SHO


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http://www.analogx.com/contents/vinview.htm


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1st # = Country of Manufacture (1 = USA, 2 = Canada)
2nd # = Manufacturer Make (F = Ford, M = Mercury)

8th # = Engine (U = Vulcan, 3 = Essex)

10th # = Year (G = 1986, H = 1987, etc.)
11th # = Assembly Plant (A = Atlanta, G = Chicago)


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Is there any number to denote the tranny type in the car?

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Nope. You'd have to read the VIN sticker under TR or check the tranny itself.


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There is no code to identify the trans in VIN. It is, however on the door tag.

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The trans is on the door tag? I'm gonna check that out, because, according to my car, I have an Ax4N and AxOD-Metric on there

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Ok, well under "TR" on the door tag I have an "L" and under "Axel" I have an "R". What does this tell me?

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