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How to Find Out What Kind of Engine You Have


If you do not know what type of engine is equipped with your vehicle, you’re missing a potentially vital piece of information. For example, whenever you purchase parts, your task is made much easier by being able to present all of the vehicle’s attributes. Thankfully, you can find this information on your own in a short time. All you need is the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and a computer with Internet access. Of particular interest, are the fourth-through-eighth digits in your VIN, as these identify the specific attributes of your vehicle, including engine type.

Step 1

Locate the VIN on your vehicle. Vehicle identification numbers are usually stamped on the lower corner of the windshield on the driver’s side. You can also find the VIN on the door frame of the driver’s side door.