Where on an Engine Can You Find Its Serial Number?


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Engines number locations vary, but most are fairly easy to find on a stamped plate on top of the engine. This plate typically lists both the vehicle identification number and the engine number.

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Vehicle identification numbers varied in length before 1981, but cars made since then have 17-digit numbers, as of 2015. The engine number is shorter and, like the VIN, it reveals information about the engine itself. A vehicle's VIN is generally placed in other areas of the vehicle as well, since it's possible to replace a car's engine. The inside of the driver's door, for example, is a popular location for VINs. In addition, car registration forms typically list the VIN, but not the engine number.

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