Section 00-01: Identification Codes
1996 F-150, F-250, F-350, F-Super Duty and Bronco Workshop Manual
DESCRIPTION AND OPERATION
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
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 is viewable by looking through the front windshield on the driver's side. The VIN is also found on the certification label.
By looking at the 17-digit VIN, a variety of information about the vehicle can be determined.
- The first three digits identify the manufacturer and the vehicle make and type.
- The fourth digit determines the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR class) and brake system for Ford-completed trucks and MPV's. For buses and incomplete vehicles, the fourth digit determines the brake system (only).
- Digits five, six and seven identify the model or line, series, chassis, and cab or body type.
- The eighth digit points out the particular engine found in the vehicle.
- Digit nine is the VIN check digit.
- The tenth digit identifies the model year of a Ford-completed vehicle, or the model year of the incomplete vehicle, if sold by Ford as an incomplete vehicle.
- The eleventh digit determines the assembly plant.
- Digits 12 through 17 make up the sequence serial and warranty number. Digit 12 uses the letter A until the production or sequence of 99,999 units (digits 13 through 17) is reached. Letter A then becomes B for the next production sequence of vehicles.
Refer to the code definition portion of this section for specific definitions of the numbers and letters of the vehicle identification number (VIN).