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Find this info using your VIN: http://www.taurusclub.com/vin_check.html

Anyways, ever wondered what everyone is talking about when they talk about what "gen" (aka generation) their car is? Or what the Vulcan, Duratec, or Essex is? Or the difference between the AXOD, AX4S, and AX4N? Well, here's a guide with pictures and descriptions to help!

What generation do I have? The gens are divided up at the menu, but there are pictures that will help better understand the concept.
http://www.ford-taurus.org/taurusinfo/Basic.php

What engine do I have? Use the pictures and year to match your engine.
http://www.taurusclub.com/encyclopedia/Engine/index.html

What transaxle do I have? There's not many pictures, but it is very descriptive. It's ordered by year so just match up the closest one.
http://www.ford-taurus.org/taurusinfo/Engine/Trans.php

And here's the main page of the encyclopedia. There are plenty of articles including reviews, specs, and year-by-year changes.
http://www.ford-taurus.org/taurusinfo/Engine/index.php



Update January 31, 2007:
Found this image on the net. Looked like a good diagram showing the difference between a pushrod engine and an OHC engine. Frankly, I've never liked the term OHV when referring to a pushrod engine because an OHC engine literally has overhead valves.
 
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