how do you tell the difference between the 5.2L eng. and the 5.9L eng.

Asked by Feb 27, 2010 at 05:48 PM about the 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 2 Dr SLT 4WD Standard Cab SB

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Most dodge rams that i look at have the 5.2L eng. but some have the 5.9L gas eng. i was wondering how you could tell the difference so i dont buy one thinking it has one eng. when it really has the other one. lol

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look at your vin # a vin Z will be a 5.9 and a vin Y will be a 5.2, there is no real way to visually tell the two apart (that i know of) because they use almost all the same components unless of course you tear the engine down and look at the crank shaft

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the best way is the casting #s on the block because they both look the same. one good example is the dakota v8. it comes with a 318 but a 360 is a direct fit with no mods. people wouldnt even know.

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casting # on the block yea if you have a way to look it up

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All Magnum engines are stamped either 360 or 318 on the driver’s side near the rear of the block. The casting number found on all 360 Magnum blocks is 5302006, whereas the 5.2/318 Magnums are 53006714 or 53006657. Otherwise, the 5.2 and 5.9 appear pretty much identical.

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If the vin number has a Z, or a Y in it anywhere, not necessarily the first letter?

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Can you drop a 5.9L in a truck that has the 5.2L without any complications? The 5.9 will come out of a 97 or 98 and the 5.2L which is trashed is coming out of a 99 which is the truck he wants to put another engine in.

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What if my vin has both a Z and a Y

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ok I think you have your letters mixed up cuz I have the Original build sheet for my truck and it has A Y and it is a 5.9 360 magnum HO

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with the vin ur looking for the 8th # of the vin 5.2l 318 well be a 8TH vin aka Y code vs 5.9l 360 is a Z code but ur looking for the 8th diget

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http://dodgeram.org/tech/specs/VIN_decode.htm

You can take your vin number to a auto parts store and they will tell you, the safest way is to take the motor number to auto parts store and they will tell you exactly what motor you got... That way you don't get a motor you can't use.. You may need the computer that makes the motor run right.. By the way you make want to get the same year of motor.."

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