by Sandra Parker
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Determining which engine is contained in a particular truck can seem like a difficult task; however, it is relatively easy if you know where to look. There are several places you can look to determine which engine is under the hood of your truck.
How do I know which engine model is in my truck?
Look at the vehicle identification number (VIN). The VIN was introduced in the 1950s as a way to identify where a truck was made and what equipment was included. Each number in the series of digits has a meaning. The VIN can be located on the driver’s side windshield or on the door frame.
Write down the vehicle identification number carefully and vertically. It is important that you do not transpose numbers or confuse them in any way, as this will mislead your investigation. The reason you will want to write the numbers vertically on the page is that you will need to write each bit of decoded information next to the VIN digit.
Start decoding the vehicle identification number. The first character indicates the country in which the vehicle was manufactured. For example, a truck manufactured in the United States will have a VIN that begins with 1 or 4. A VIN that begins with 2 was manufactured in Canada. 3 indicates Mexico. The second digit identifies the manufacturer. For example: 1 = Chevrolet, C = Chrysler, B = Dodge, F = Ford, 7 = GM Canada, and G = GM. The third digit indicates the type of vehicle. Characters from fourth to eighth indicate specific information about the vehicle, such as body style, engine size, etc. These are the characters that interest you the most. Its meaning varies by manufacturer.
Look for the decoder manufacturer’s website. There are many websites dedicated to decoding this series of numbers to help you determine your truck’s engine. One simple way is to type in the truck brand (manufacturer) and the “VIN decoder” as search terms. You should be able to find sites dedicated to virtually all manufacturers.
Determine the type of motor. Using the VIN decoder, determine which number or letter of the VIN indicates the engine type. Look for that number or letter in your VIN. Then use the decoder to determine what engine your truck has.
Articles will need
- Vehicle identification number