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How to: Decode VIN

Discussion in '!! List of Ford Explorer & Ranger "How To Repair" ' started by Roadking, August 15, 2002.

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    1. Roadking

      Roadking Active Member

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      I'm trying to locate some information on this Explorer.
      Is there someone that can decode this VIN? FMDU34E3VUCO8267
      Is there a web site that would give me the information on VIN and options?

      If any one knows of such a site could you share it with me. (us)

      Stumped?

      RoadKing
      :rolleyes:
       
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    3. Robert

      Robert Well-Known Member

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      This information is for a '97, most is applicable to other years though:

      The label contains the name of the manufacturer, the month and year of manufacture, the certification statement, and the VIN. The label also contains gross vehicle weight ratings, wheel and tire data, and information codes for additional vehicle data.

      Vehicle Type
      The vehicle data appears on the certification label on the second and third lines following the identification number.


      The code set (two numbers, or several letters, or a number and letter) above COLOR identifies the exterior paint color (two sets of codes designate a two-tone).
      The digits under WB designate the wheelbase in inches.
      The one character code under BRAKE designates the type of brake system. The letters and/or number under BODY designate the interior trim, seat, and body type.
      The transmission installed in the vehicle is identified under TRANS by an alphabetical code. A letter and a number or two numbers under AXLE identify the rear axle ratio. The letters and/or numbers under TAPE designate the external body side tape stripe code.
      The spring usage codes for the vehicle are identified under SPRING. A two-digit number is stamped above DSO to identify the district which ordered the vehicle. if the vehicle is built to special order (Domestic Special Order, Foreign Special Order, Limited Production Option, or other special order), the complete order number will also appear above DSO.
      The vehicle codes are:

      Exterior Paint Codes

      BA - Light Prairie Tan
      FL - Toreador Red
      KN - Dark Lapis Metallic
      PA - Jewel Green Metallic
      SH - Medium Willow Metallic
      TR - Medium Graphite
      UA - Ebony
      XC - Portofino Blue
      YZ - Oxford White
      JC - Desert Violet
      FE - Evergreen Frost
      HA - Ivory Pearlescent Tri-Coat
      E4 - Vermillion
      GP - Deep Iris

      NOTE: Lower Tu-Tone Color

      TR Charcoal Grey C/C Metallic
      BA Light Prairie Tan C/C Metallic


      Brake System Code

      4 - Four Wheel Disc With Anti-Lock Brakes


      Interior Trim (Fabric, Color) Codes

      A - Vinyl - Bucket Montana
      F - Leather - Sport Bucket
      J - Cloth - Premium Bucket Cirrus
      Z - Cloth - Sport Bucket Ranier
      M - Cloth - Split Bench Cirrus
      I - Leather - Limited Sport Bucket

      Trim Color Code

      V - Lapis
      S - Willow
      2 - Medium Graphite
      X - Medium Prairie Tan


      Tape Stripe Color Codes

      XLT/XLT Tutone

      A - Graphic - Willow
      B - Amethyst - Blue
      C - Raisin - Willow
      D - Silver - Graphite

      Eddie Bauer

      E - Light Prairie Tan

      Limited

      0 - Light Evergreen-Light Evergreen
      1 - Gold Metallic-Gold Metallic
      2 - Amethyst-Graphite Sparkle
      3 - Coral-Coral


      Radio Code

      7 - AM/FM Stereo
      8 - AM/FM Premium Cassette
      H - EEO Premium-European Unique
      L - Luxury Cassette with Digital Sound Processing


      Axle Ratio and Transmission Codes

      Transmission Codes

      U - 4-Speed Automatic Overdrive
      D - 5-Speed Automatic Overdrive
      M - 5-Speed Manual Overdrive

      Rear Axle Codes

      41 - Conventional - 3200 lb. Capacity - 3.27 Ratio
      45 - Conventional - 3200 lb. Capacity - 3.55 Ratio
      D4 - Limited Slip - 3200 lb. Capacity - 3.73 Ratio
      46 - Conventional - 3200 lb. Capacity - 3.73 Ratio
      D1 - Limited Slip - 3200 lb. Capacity - 3.27 Ratio
      42 - Conventional - 3200 lb. Capacity - 4.10 Ratio
      D2 - Limited Slip - 3200 lb. Capacity - 4.10 Ratio


      Suspension Spring Codes

      Torsion Bar Codes/Part Numbers

      B - F57A-5B326-BC
      D - F57A-5B326-DD
      E - F57A-5B326-EC
      F - F57A-5B326-FC
      G - F57A-5B326-GC
      H - F57A-5B326-HC
      J - F57A-5B326-JC
      L - F57A-5B326-LB
      1 - F77A-5B326-AGA
      2 - F77A-5B326-AHA

      Rear Spring Codes/Part Numbers

      F - F57A-5560-FD
      H - F57A-5560-HC
      L - F57A-5560-LC


      Special Order and Wheelbase Codes

      The DSO space will show a two-digit code number of the district which ordered the unit. This code will appear on all units - domestic or export. If unit is built on a DSO, FSO, PTO (special orders), the complete order number is under the DSO space after the district code.

      NOTE: DSO = Domestic Special Order, FSO = Foreign Special Order, and PTP = Paint/Tire optional Special Order.

      11 - Boston.
      13 - New York.
      16 - Philadelphia.
      21 - Atlanta.
      23 - Memphis.
      24 - Orlando.
      27 - Washington.
      41 - Chicago.
      44 - Pittsburgh.
      47 - Cincinnati.
      48 - Detroit.
      52 - Dallas.
      53 - Kansas City.
      56 - Denver.
      58 - Twin Cities.
      71 - Los Angeles.
      72 - San Francisco.
      74 - Seattle.
      83 - Government.
      84 - Home Office Reserve (HOR) .
      85 - American Red Cross.
      86 - Recreation Vehicle Pool.
      87 - Body Company.
      89 - Transportation Services.
      9A - Export.

      The district codes for Ford of Canada regions are:

      A1 - Central.
      A2 - Eastern.
      A3 - Atlantic.
      A4 - Midwestern.
      A6 - Western.
      A7 - Pacific.
      A8 - Great Lakes.
      11 - Export.
       
    4. Roadking

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      Robert

      You Da Man!
      Thanks a million!!


      RoadKing
       
    5. Robb

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      Excellent Information Robert!

      Thank you for taking the time to do that,

      Robb
       
    6. Bashman

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      I can add I more paint code to the list.

      ER Dark Cranberry Metallic
       
    7. Roadking

      Roadking Active Member

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      Bashman,

      That sounds like an excellent color!
      Do you have it?

      RoadKing
       
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      Yes Roadking, that is the colour of my Ex. I like it alot but some people still tell me I drive a purple truck!

      [​IMG]
       
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    10. TunnelFear

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      trans code

      mine say T under trans code? any ideas what that means?
       
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      Re: trans code

      Yes, "Terrible". j/k I have a gen 1 X as well and if yours is automatic than you should have a "U" in your VIN code for the A4LD. I checked my door plate and I also have the T under the trans code.
       
    12. twooverpar

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      Robert said:

      This information is for a '97

      You have 94's the color information is most likely not accurate for 1997, hence your cranberry wouldn't be included because they used it 3 years earlier than the info Robert posted.

      Please read the post!
       
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