Ram 1500, 2500, 3500, 2WD and 4WD, 2001-2005

Engine Identification


The engine code is represented by the eighth character in the VIN.

The engine itself has an identification number normally indicating date and place of manufacture, displacement and serial number. ID location will depend on engine type and year. It may be stamped in the left front corner of the cylinder block (3.9L, 5.2L, 5.9L gasoline, 8.0L), on the right side of the block near the oil pan rail (older V-8s), or on the left side of the engine on the gear housing (diesel). The 4.7L has the VIN stamped on the right front side of the block. Build date code is normally included on the yellow bar code sticker on the oil fill housing. When engine components need to be replaced, refer to the engine type and serial number.

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Fig. Engine Identification (serial) number key-typical

Engine Identification (serial) number key-typical