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    Lincoln Aviator, Ford Explorer, Exp Sport, Exp Sport-Trac, Mercury Mountaineer 2000-2005

    Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

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    Fig. A sample breakdown of the VIN number



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    Fig. VIN plate location



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    Fig. The VIN plate as seen through the windshield

    A 17 digit combination of numbers and letters forms the vehicle identification number (VIN). The VIN is stamped on a metal tab that is riveted to the instrument panel close to the windshield. The VIN plate is visible by looking through the windshield on the driver's side. The VIN number is also found on the Safety Compliance Certification Label which is described below.

    By looking at the 17 digit VIN number, a variety of information about the vehicle can be determined.



    The 1st digit identifies the country of origin. 1 = USA; 2 = Canada.
     
    The 2nd digit identifies the manufacturer. F = Ford.
     
    The 3rd digit identifies the type of vehicle.
     

    C = Basic (stripped) chassis

    D = Incomplete vehicle

    M = Multi-purpose vehicle

    T = Truck (complete vehicle)



    The 4th digit identifies the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR Class) and brake system. For incomplete vehicles, the 4th digit determines the brake system only. All brake systems are hydraulic.
     

    A = up to 3,000 lbs.

    B = 3,001-4,000 lbs.

    C = 4,001-5,000 lbs.

    D = 5,001-6,000 lbs.

    E = 6,001-7,000 lbs.

    F = 7,001-8,000 lbs.

    G = 8,001-8,500 lbs.

    H = 8,500-9,000 lbs.

    J = 9,001-10,000 lbs.



    The 5th digits identifies the model or line. R = Ranger U = Explorer/Mountaineer.
     
    The 6th and 7th digits identify chassis and body type.
     



    The 8th digit identifies the engine.
     

    E = 4.0L SOHC 6-cylinder

    X = 4.0L 6-cylinder

    P = 5.0L 8-cylinder



    The 9th digit is a check digit.
     
    The 10th digit identifies the model year.
     

    Y = 2000

    1 = 2001

    2 = 2002

    3 = 2003

    4 = 2004

    5 = 2005

    6 = 2006



    The 11th digit identifies the assembly plant.
     

    C = Ontario, Canada

    H = Lorain, OH

    K = Claycomo, MO

    L = Wayne, MI

    N = Norfolk, VA

    P = St. Paul, MN

    T = Edison, NJ

    U = Louisville, KY

    Z = Hazlewood, MO



    Digits twelve through seventeen make up the sequential serial and warranty number. Digit twelve uses the letter A until the production or sequence of 99,999 units (digits thirteen through seventeen) is reached. Letter A then becomes B for the next production sequence of vehicles.
     



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    Fig. A sample breakdown of the VIN number



    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. VIN plate location



    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. The VIN plate as seen through the windshield

    A 17 digit combination of numbers and letters forms the vehicle identification number (VIN). The VIN is stamped on a metal tab that is riveted to the instrument panel close to the windshield. The VIN plate is visible by looking through the windshield on the driver's side. The VIN number is also found on the Safety Compliance Certification Label which is described below.

    By looking at the 17 digit VIN number, a variety of information about the vehicle can be determined.



    The first three vehicle identification number (VIN) positions are the world manufacturer identifier.
     

    1FM = Ford Motor Company, USA, multi-purpose vehicle (MPV).

    4M2 = Ford Motor Company (Mercury), USA, multi-purpose vehicle (MPV).

    5LM = Ford Motor Co.-Multi-Purpose Vehicle.



    The fourth VIN position is the vehicle brake type and gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) code, all vehicles use hydraulic brakes. This code may also identify the vehicle safety restraint system.
     

    A = up to 3,000 lbs.

    B = 3,001-4,000 lbs.

    C = 4,001-5,000 lbs.

    D = 5,001-6,000 lbs. with driver and front passenger air bags and side impact air canopy.

    E = 6,001-7,000 lbs. with second generation air bags and driver and front passenger side air bags (2005)

    E = 6,001-7,000 pounds GVWR with driver and front passenger air bags and side impact air canopy (2006-07)

    F = 7,001-8,000 lbs.

    G = 8,001-8,500 lbs.

    H = 8,500-9,000 lbs.

    J = 9,001-10,000 lbs.

    R = 6,001-7,000 pounds GVWR with driver and front passenger air bags (2007).

    Z = 5,001-6,000 pounds with driver and front passenger air bags.



    VIN positions five through seven indicate the vehicle line, series and body type.
     

    U31 = Explorer Sport Trac, rear wheel drive (RWD), XLT (2007)

    U33 = Explorer Sport Trac, RWD, Limited (2007)

    U36 = Mountaineer, 4x2, base-level model, multi-purpose vehicle

    U37 = Mountaineer, 4x2, mid-level model, multi-purpose vehicle

    U38 = Mountaineer, 4x2, high-level model, multi-purpose vehicle

    U46 = Mountaineer, all-wheel drive, base-level model, multi-purpose vehicle

    U47 = Mountaineer, AWD, mid-level model, multi-purpose vehicle

    U48 = Mountaineer, AWD, high-level model, multi-purpose vehicle

    U51 = Explorer Sport Trac, four wheel drive (4WD), XLT (2007)

    U53 = Explorer Sport Trac, 4WD, Limited (2007)

    U62 = Explorer, 4x2, XLS, multi-purpose vehicle

    U63 = Explorer, 4x2, XLT, multi-purpose vehicle

    U64 = Explorer, 4x2, Eddie Bauer, multi-purpose vehicle

    U65 = Explorer, 4x2, Limited, multi-purpose vehicle

    U66 = Mountaineer, 4x2, multi-purpose vehicle

    U67 = Sport Trac, four-door, 4x2

    U68 = Aviator, 4x2, multi-purpose vehicle

    U72 = Explorer, 4x4, XLS, multi-purpose vehicle

    U73 = Explorer, 4x4, XLT, multi-purpose vehicle

    U74 = Explorer, 4x4, Eddie Bauer, multi-purpose vehicle

    U75 = Explorer, 4x4, Limited, multi-purpose vehicle

    U77 = Sport Trac, four-door, 4x4

    U86 = Mountaineer, all-wheel drive, multi-purpose vehicle

    U88 = Aviator, all-wheel drive, multi-purpose vehicle



    The 8th digit identifies the engine.
     

    E = 4.0L SOHC 6-cylinder

    H = 4.6L 8-cylinder

    K = 4.0L 6-cylinder; flex-fuel

    W = 4.6L 8-cylinder, 2-valve

    8 = 4.6L 8-cylinder, 3-valve



    The 9th digit is a government-assigned, computer-generated check digit.
     
    The 10th digit identifies the model year.
     

    5 = 2005

    6 = 2006

    7 = 2007

    8 = 2008



    The 11th digit identifies the assembly plant.
     

    C = Ontario, Canada

    H = Lorain, OH

    K = Claycomo, MO

    L = Wayne, MI

    N = Norfolk, VA

    P = St. Paul, MN

    T = Edison, NJ

    U = Louisville, KY

    Z = Hazlewood, MO



    Digits twelve through seventeen make up the sequential serial and warranty number. Digit twelve uses the letter A until the production or sequence of 99,999 units (digits thirteen through seventeen) is reached. Letter A then becomes B for the next production sequence of vehicles.
     

     
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