Cylinder Location on a 3.0 Liter V6 Ford Escape

by Anne Davis
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Ford introduced its 3.0-liter V6 engine in 1996 as a replacement for their 3.8-liter V6. With dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, and cast-iron cylinder liners inside an aluminum block, this Duratec engine was unlike its predecessor. Although this engine progressed through multiple generations, all 3.0-liter V6 engines manufactured by Ford are more-or-less interchangeable, with only slight variations in components such as the knock sensor. Because of the construction of these engines, the cylinders are all located at a 60 degree angle from one another, regardless of the year in which the engine was produced.

Step 1

Verify the generation of your engine. Locate the casting number on the engine block. The options are: F5DE for engines built between 1996 and 1998; XW4E for those built in 1999; and XW4E-BA for engines for those built from 2000 until 2004. While this does not affect the placement of the cylinders, it is important to verify your equipment.

Step 2

Locate the left side cylinder head bank; these cylinders are numbered one through three. The head assembly contains approximately eight bolts, and should be at a sixty degree angle from the flat base of the cylinder block assembly.

Locate the right side cylinder head bank; these cylinders are numbered four through six. This head assembly should look identical to the left bank of cylinder heads, with eight bolts. It, too, should be at a sixty-degree angle from the flat base of the cylinder block assembly.

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