Ford Ranger/Explorer/Mountaineer 1991-1999

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)


See Figures 1, 2 and 3

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.

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Fig. Fig. 1: A sample breakdown of the VIN number

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Fig. Fig. 2: VIN plate location

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Fig. Fig. 3: The VIN plate as seen through the windshield

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.

A = 2.3L 4-cylinder

C = 2.5L 4-cylinder

T = 2.9L 6-cylinder

U = 3.0L 6-cylinder

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.

M = 1991

N = 1992

P = 1993

R = 1994

S = 1995

T = 1996

V = 1997

W = 1998

X = 1999

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.