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How to Identify the Type of Engine on the Ford Taurus

by Cynthia Measom

To find out which type of engine your Ford Taurus has, you can pop the hood and search for a label on the engine. You can also identify the engine type with the 17-digit vehicle identification number, or VIN. A unique VIN is assigned to each vehicle and provides information about the vehicle, including engine type.

Look for the VIN on the driver's side where the windshield meets the dash. Write down the 17-digit number.

Visit and enter the VIN number for the Ford Taurus into the designated search box.

Click "Enter." You will receive a vehicle summary that lists the type of engine the car possesses, such as 3.5L V6.


  • If you complete a VIN search and don't get any results, check the number to make sure you entered it correctly. If you did, go back to the car and confirm that you wrote down the number correctly.
  • You can locate the VIN on insurance documents or on the doorpost of the vehicle.

About the Author

Based in Texas, Cynthia Measom has been writing various parenting, business and finance and education articles since 2011. Her articles have appeared on websites such as The Bump and Motley Fool. Measom received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin.

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