how to tell what size engine

Asked by Jul 11, 2008 at 12:29 PM about the 1996 Ford Explorer

Question type: General

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if you can not tell by looking at the motor: 1. Open the hood 2. Look for the emmision sticker or catalyst sticker. (usually on underside of hood or on air box) 3. It should have spark plug gap and around that it should say 4.0L or 4.6L or 5.0L etc etc. hope this helps

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if u check ur vin # and use the owners manual to find a certain letter that it shows it will hav the size of ur engine listed

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dont even need to leave the room dude...run the VIN thru CARFAX.COM

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well if i'm not mistaken all the V8 Explorers have a V8 badge on each front fender, and i think the tailgate as well, so if no badges chances are you have a 4.0 V6 unless the badges were removed.

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it aint 4.0 cuz they dont make it no mor

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You could have a 4.0 SOHC, a 4.0 OHV, or a 5.0. The plastic cover on the engine will tell you if you have a SOHC motor, and the v-8s have badges on the fenders, as previously stated. By the way, Ford still puts the 4.0 in the explorer.

I've got the ole 96 w the V8. (Manage an awesome 18mpg avg by the way) and if somebody managed to pry off all the decals that say V8 on it, you can check the big aluminum intake manifold that reads "Explorer V8" or count plug wires. I think it sad if one buys a vehicle without knowing whether they've got a V6 or a V8 under the hood. Just sayin.

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dude u r so wrong Ford has never cut the old 4.0 v6. my bet is that if its a 96 its probably got the old reliable 4.0 v6. the only engine options for that year are the 4.0 v6 or the 5.4 v8 and i would put money on it that u have the v6

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All of you guys are cooked. Explorers come with 4.0 V6 or 5.0 V8... Its not hard to tell them apart, ones slow as balls the others slower

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i dont think the explorer comes with a 5.4 especially in 96 i will bet money on it that if it is a v8 it s a 5.0

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it is sad especially if your on car iq you would think one might no a little about cars

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thank you if you cant tell the difference or even tell what size your engine is you shouldnt be driving

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If its the V8 its actually a 4.9L that is 4949 cc displacement with 9:1 compression ratio that is putting out 215 hp and 288 ft lbs of torque! And I would have to say, If you are not sure how to tell, then it probably isn't going to make a difference for you, what it has in it! Just keep adding gas and drive it till it dies and buy a new one!

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