If the engine data plate is missing or not legible, the engine serial number is used for engine identification. The engine serial number is stamped on the right side of the block, on top of the oil cooler cavity.
The engine data plate contains specific information that is helpful to servicing and obtaining parts for the engine. ID location will depend on engine type and year. It may be stamped in the left front corner of the cylinder block . The data plate for diesel engines is on the cylinder head cover. Information that can be found on the data plate includes: