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Decoding Ford Part Numbers
 

 

How to read a Ford Part Number

 

One thing that is important is to understand how to decode a Ford part number. Early part numbers had two parts and later i.e. mid 50's were split into three parts. The first part of the number can have 2, 3, or 4 letters/numbers. This part is referred to as the year code. the middle set of numbers is call the base. This refers to the base or application. The third part of the number is the suffix and is used to recognize design changes.
Our search system has been designed to recoginize the complete part number the year code and the base. Using the year code is a quick way to search out the exact parts that are available for theyear car or truck you are working on. It is also highly recommended that you purchase one of the CD’s that is available which covers the car or truck you are working on.
As a footnote we have tried our best to insure the information below is correct.  If you find an error please let us know.  Also with the change in Ford part numbers in 1998 it has been difficult to keep up with the codes for all the models.  Help is needed here.
 
Now on to the Details.....
 
To understand the Master Parts Catalog you need to know how it is organized.

 

1940 – 1997

 

Part numbers can be decoded as follows:

 

Let’s start with the part number:

 

 C9AZ-13341-B -  SWITCH and MOUNTING PLATE ASSY. - TURN INDICATOR

 

The Prefix C9AZ defines

 

Decade: C

                        A = 40’s

                        B = 50’s

                        C = 60’s

                        D = 70’s

                        E = 80’s

                        F = 90’s

Year: 9

            This is the first year that the part was used on the car

 

            So, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

           

            Therefore C9 is read as 69

 

Model: A

 

Third Digit - A is the line of car

 

o   A - full size Ford

o   O - Fairlane/Torino to 76, then 77-79 LTD II, then Festiva, then Aspire

o   C - Mercury Capri (60's - 70's), Escort

o   D - Falcon, Maverick, Granada, Taurus, 96 and later Taurus/Sable common parts

o   E - Escort

o   F - common Tempo/Escort parts (same parts, different body panels)

o   G - Mercury Montego, Monarch

o   H - Ford heavy truck

o   J - marine (boat engines, stationary power plants)

o   K - Tracer

o   L - Lincoln Mark series and regular 4-door Lincoln

o   M - full size Mercury for unique parts (otherwise, use A)

o   N - Ford tractor
        - Mercury Montego, Sable, and Lincoln Continental

o   P - Bobcat and Pinto

o   R - Merkur, then Contour/Mystyque

o   S - T-bird

o   T - light truck, Bronco, Explorer

o   U - Econoline can

o   V - Lincoln Town car

o   W - Cougar

o   X - Villager

o   Y - Lincoln or Mercury/Lincoln non-vehicle-specific part

o   Z - Mustang or Ford non-vehicle-specific part

o   2 - Probe

o   3 - Tempo

o   4 - 96+ Sable body parts

o   5 - Expedition

o   6 - Topaz

o   7 - Ranger

o   8 - Windstar

o   9 - Aerostar

 

Design Responsibility :Z – Engineering

 

The center part of the number is called the base.  13341   In the Master Parts Catalog these base numbers or organized like chapters in a book. 13341 is the basic part number and is the number for SWITCH and MOUNTING PLATE ASSY. - TURN INDICATOR.  If part of a pair, which means a left or right, then the lower number is the right hand side (i.e. 120 is right, and 121 is left).  Also the driver’s side of the car is the left side.  The only exception is power window motors for only one car.

Series means the 1000, 1001, 1999, 1A001, to 1Z999 where every basic part number is a unique part on a car, and the same part 'name' for a different car is differentiated by the prefix.

 

The Sections in the Master Parts Catalog are:

 

Chassis

Basic Part Number     

o   1000 - 1250         Wheels

o   1350 - 1499         Spare Wheel Carrier

o   2001 - 2285         Brakes (service)

o   2307 - 2438         Brakes (power)

o   2442 - 2482         Brake Control

o   2505 - 2900         Brakes (parking)

o   3000 - 3359         Front Suspension and Steering Linkage

o   3500 - 3764         Steering Gear

o   4000 - 4296         Rear Axle

o   4600 - 4859         Drive Shaft

o   5000 - 5176         Frame

o   5200 - 5299         Muffler & Exhaust Pipe

o   5300 - 5499         Front Spring Stabilizer

o   5550 - 5832         Rear Spring

o   6000 - 6898         Engine

o   6905 - 6968         Transmission Overdrive and Engine Steady Rest

o   7000 - 7997         Transmission (Automatic or Manual) and Clutch

o   8000 - 8499         Radiator and Grill

o   8500 - 8689         Water Pump and Fan

o   9002 - 9296         Fuel Tank

o   9301 - 9420         Fuel Pump

o   9421 - 9499         Manifolds, Clamps

o   9500 - 9599         Carburetor

o   9600 - 9699         Air Cleaner

o   9700 - 9999         Accelerator and Choke Control Rods

o   10000 - 10449   Generator and Alternator

o   10500 - 10653   Voltage Regulator

o   10654 - 10756   Battery

o   10838 - 10990   Instruments

o   11000 - 11382   Starter Motor

o   11450 - 11688   Lighting and Ignition Switch

o   12000 - 12390   Ignition Coil, Distributor and Condenser

o   12402 - 12425   Spark Plugs

o   13002 - 13248   Lamps (Head and Parking)

o   13402 - 13796   Lamps (Rear)

o   18809 - 13853   Lamps (License and Pillar) & horn

o   14197 - 14689   Wiring

o   15000 - 15858   Miscellaneous Accessories

o   16000 - 16550   Front Fender

o   16600 - 16999   Hood

o   17005 - 17125   Tools

o   17248 - 17383   Speedometer & Tachometer

o   17402 - 17666   Windshield Wiper & Washer

o   17700 - 17730   Mirror

o   17736 - 17999   Bumper

o   18000 - 18125   Shock Absorber

o   17148 - 18249   Comfort- Convenience Accessories

o   18250 - 18699   Heater

o   18800                   Radio & Antenna

o   18900                   Speakers and Radio Accessories

o   19000                   Gasoline

o   19100                   Fire Extinguishers

o   19500 - 19585   Custom Accessories; Appearance and Maintenance Materials

o   19600 - 19980   Air Conditioner

 

Body*

o   00000 series are body front (door posts and ahead and floor pans) including instrument panel and dash, but not gauges

o   23000 series and up are body sheet metal and exterior rubber bits

o   40000 series and up are back half of the car (trunk, roof racks, T-roof etc)

o   50000 series and up are exterior moldings’, emblems, and nameplates

o   60000 series and up are seats

o   70000 series and up are doors, windows, (not windshield), seat trim/covers

*Note – in the Body section the first two numbers define the body style of the car.  You need to refer to the front section of the catalog to find out this information if you do not know.  

Final digits - Design Level.  On Soft trim used to define color

A or AA first design, then AB, AC, AD, etc.  BA or CA would be a part that was the same function as the AA but slightly different

1998 to Present

Everything changed in 1998.  Ford converted the prefix to a new system to be used worldwide.

So 1C3Z15200AB - LAMP ASSY. – FOG

 

First Digit - Year

W - 1999

Y - 2000

1 to 9 - 2001-2009  so 1 is 2001

A - 2010 etc.

R - 2024

 

 

Second & Third Digit - Model

o   A1 - Lincoln Town Car

o   A2 - Ford Explorer Sport Trac

o   A8 – Ford Flex

o   C1 - Transit

o   C2 - Econoline

o   C3 - F250 +

o   C4 - Heavy Truck

o   C5 - Lincoln Aviator

o   C6 - Lincoln Blackwood

o   C7 - Ford Excursion

o   E5 – Ford Fusion

o   E6 - Mariner

o   E7 – Ford C550

o   F1 - Taurus

o   F2 - Windstar

o   F3 - Continental

o   F4 - Sable

o   F5 - Villager

o   F6 - T-Bird

o   F9 - Freestyle

o   G1 – Ford Five Hundred

o   H6 – Lincoln MKZ

o   L1 - Bronco

o   L2 - Explorer

o   L3 - F150 - F250

o   L4 - Maverick

o   L5 - Ranger

o   L6 - Aerostar

o   L7 - Navigator

o   L8 – Escape

o   L9 - Mountaineer

o   M5 - Focus

o   M6 – Ford Escape

o   R1 - Aston Martin

o   R2 - Falcon

o   R3 - Mustang

o   R4 - Scorpio

o   R5 - Fairlane

o   R6 - LTD

o   R8 - S Type Jaguar

o   R9 - Mark VIII

o   S1 - Aspire

o   S2 - Contour

o   S4 - Escort

o   S6 - Fiesta

o   S7 - Mondeo

o   T1 – Ford Transit Connect

o   T2 – Escape / Mariner

o   T4 – Ford Edge

o   U2 - Focus

o   U5 - Escape

o   U7 -

o   S8 - Probe

o   S9 - Mystique

o   W1 - Town Car

o   W2 - Cougar

o   W3 - Grand Marquis

o   W4 - Lincoln LS

o   W6 - RWD T-Bird

o   W7 - Crown Vic

 

Forth Digit - Design Responsibility (Mostly the same as before)

example:      C - Chassis Operations
                    H - Climate Control Operations
                    T - Electronics Systems Engineering

 

 

Center Numbers - Specific component

 

See information provided above.

 

Minor correction. Parts are numbered with even numbers except when in pairs - then even numbered parts are passenger side components and odd numbered parts are driver’s side components.

 

Final two digits - Design Level.

AA first design, then AB, AC, AD, etc.  BA or CA would be a part that was the same function as the AA but slightly different