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Ford Escape: Identification Codes / Description and Operation - Identification Codes


VIN Locator

The VIN is a 17-digit combination of letters and numbers. The VIN is stamped on a metal tab riveted to the instrument panel, top upper left of the dash. The VIN is also found on the VC label. If the VIN plate requires replacement, authorized dealers must contact their respective regional office.

Item Description
1 WMI (World Manufacturer Identifier)
2 Restraint-type and GVW code
3 Vehicle line, series, body-type code
4 Engine-type code
5 Computer-generated check digit
6 Model year code
7 Assembly plant code
8 Production sequence number

World Manufacturer Identifier

The first 3 VIN positions are the WMI (World Manufacturer Identifier).

  • 1FM - Ford Motor Company, USA, MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle)
  • WF0 - Ford Motor Company, Europe built (Mexico only)

Restraint Type

The fourth VIN position is the vehicle restraint and GVW code.

  • C - 4,001 - 5,000 lb GVW , active safety belts (all positions), driver and front passenger air bags and side impact inflatable restraints (1st and 2nd row), driver knee air bag

Vehicle Line, Series and Body Type

Positions 5 through 7 indicate vehicle line, series and body type.

  • U0B - Escape, SE, HEV , FWD
  • U0C - Escape, SEL, HEV , FWD
  • U0D - Escape, Titanium, HEV , FWD
  • U0E - Escape, SE, PHEV , FWD
  • U0F - Escape, S, FWD
  • U0G - Escape, SE, FWD
  • U0H - Escape, SEL, FWD
  • U0K - Escape, SEL, PHEV , FWD
  • U0L - Escape, Titanium, PHEV , FWD
  • U9B - Escape, SE, HEV , AWD
  • U9C - Escape, SEL, HEV , AWD
  • U9D - Escape, Titanium, HEV , AWD
  • U9F - Escape, S, AWD
  • U9G - Escape, SE, AWD
  • U9H - Escape, SEL, AWD
  • U9J - Escape, Titanium, AWD

Engine Type

The eighth VIN position identifies the engine type, displacement and number of cylinders.

  • 6 - 1.5L,Dragon, I3 (in-line 3-cylinder), DI (Direct Injection) turbo-charged, gasoline
  • 9 - 2.0L GTDI (gasoline turbocharged direct injection), TiVCT (Twin Independent Variable Cam Timing), gasoline
  • Z - 2.5L, I4 (in-line 4-cylinder), HEV / PHEV

Check Digit

The ninth VIN position is a government-assigned, computer-generated check digit.

  • 0 - 9

Model Year

The tenth VIN position is the model year code.

  • N - 2022

Assembly Plant

The eleventh VIN position is the assembly plant code.

  • U - Louisville Assembly (Louisville, Kentucky)

Production Sequence Number

The last 6 VIN positions are a numeric code for the vehicle build sequence. This is also the vehicle serial and warranty number. The serial number can also be found on the engine block, transmission and frame.

  • A00001 - F99999

VC Codes

VC Label Locator

The VC label contains the manufacturer name, the month and year of manufacture, the certification statement and the VIN . It also includes GVW and tire information. If a vehicle requires replacement of the VC label and is 4 years old or less, an authorized dealer must submit the VIN to their respective regional office. The regional office will submit a web form to the assembly plant for the replacement label. Once the label has been printed, a representative from the regional office will deliver the label to the dealer and witness installation on the vehicle. If a vehicle is more than 4 years old and requires a replacement label, the dealer must submit a request to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Item Description
1 Exterior paint code
2 Region code
3 DSO (District Special Order) code
4 Wheelbase code
5 Interior trim code
6 Tape/paint stripe code
7 Radio code
8 Axle code
9 Transmission code
10 Spring code
11 Powertrain calibration information

Paint Code

Paint codes may be listed as a 2-part code. The first set of paint code numbers/letters indicate the vehicle primary body color. The second set of letters/numbers (if applicable) indicate a 2-tone or accent body color. All paint codes are a base coat/clear coat finish.

  • Blank - No Paint
  • AZ - Star White
  • B3 - Atlas Blue
  • C8 - Flight Blue
  • D4 - Lucid Red / Red Carpet (tri-coat)
  • GP - Iced Blue-Silver
  • JS - Silver Radience
  • M7 - Carbonized Gray
  • UM - Agate Black Metalic
  • YZ - Oxford White


The following identifies the vehicle wheelbase:

  • 107 - 106.7  in ( 2,710  mm) wheelbase

Interior Trim Codes

Interior trim codes are listed as a 2-part code. The first digit listed indicates the seat and fabric style. The second digit listed indicates the interior trim color.

Interior Trim Type

  • 4 - ZAHA cloth seats
  • 6 - Salerno Vinyl Trim
  • D - Salerno full leather seats
  • E - Premium Vinyl seats
  • P - Vinyl w/Suede Inserts seats
  • V - Moonwalk/soft stitch cloth seats

Interior Trim Color Codes

  • H - Ebony
  • N - Sandstone

Tape/Paint Stripe Codes

Tape and paint stripe codes do not apply.

Radio Codes

The following lists available radio codes:

  • 2 - AM / FM stereo with MYFORD Touch, HD (high-definition), Sirius, navigation, SYNC 3
  • 3 - AM / FM stereo, CD player, 6 speakers and SYNC 1.1
  • 4 - AM / FM stereo, ICE Pack 23
  • 7 - AM / FM stereo, ICE Pack 26
  • 8 - AM / FM stereo, ICE Pack 28

Axle Type

The following lists the available axle ratios and associated codes:

  • 32 - 3.32 axle ratio
  • 47 - 3.47 axle ratio
  • 52 - 3.52 axle ratio
  • 81 - 3.81 axle ratio
  • 91 - 2.91 axle ratio

Transmission Codes

Available transmissions are as follows:

  • 5 - automatic (H4F45 w/o ODC HEV / PHEV )
  • 8 - 8 - speed automatic (8F35)

Spring Codes

Spring codes are listed as a 2-part code. The first 2 characters identify the RH and LH front springs. The third and fourth characters identify the RH and LH rear springs.

Front Springs

  • Base part number - 5310

Rear Springs

  • Base part number - 5560

Powertrain Calibration Information

NOTE: Powertrain calibration information is limited to a maximum of 5 characters per line on the VC label. Because of this, calibration identification consisting of more than 5 characters will wrap to the second line on the VC label.

Powertrain calibration information is printed in the lower right corner of the VC label. Only the base calibration information is printed. Revision levels will not appear, however, they can be obtained through a scan tool using the most current software revision.

Item Description
1 Model year (year in which the calibration strategy was first introduced).
2 Vehicle line
3 Transmission code
4 Unique calibrations (designates different hardware to similar vehicles), example: tires or drive ratios
5 Fleet code (describes fleet to which the vehicle belongs), example: 6 - EVAP
6 Certification region (lead region where multiple regions are included in one calibration), example: A - US federal
7 Revision level (will advance as revisions occur), not printed on label but may be obtained through scan tool

Model Year

  • J - 2018
  • K - 2019
  • L - 2020
  • M - 2021
  • N - 2022

Vehicle Code

  • TC - Escape

Transmission Code

  • 2 - Automatic transmission

Unique Calibration

The Emission/Corporate Average Fuel Economy/CO2 Compliance Department is responsible for assigning these calibration numbers. Unique identifications are assigned to cover similar vehicles to differentiate between tires, drive configurations, final drive ratios and other calibration-significant factors. These 2 characters are chosen by the analyst to provide identifiable information unique to each calibration. For example, using the number 2 to denote a 2- valve engine versus using the number 4 to denote a 4-valve engine provides an easily identifiable difference.

Fleet Coding

  • 0 - Certification (U.S. 4K, final sale in export markets)
  • 1 - Heavy duty gas engine/Dyno
  • 2 - Fast Automobile Manufacturers' Association, U.S.
  • 3 - Alternative durability protocol, U.S.
  • 4 - Not assigned
  • 5 - Not assigned
  • 6 - EVAP
  • 7 - Mileage accumulation aging endurance durability
  • 8 - OBD
  • 9 - Not assigned

Certification Region

  • 5 - US (United States) 50 states
  • A - US (United States) federal, including altitude, may include Canada and/or Mexico
  • B - US (United States) California standard, includes US (United States) green states
  • C - Canada
  • D - China
  • E - European Community - Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and UK (United Kingdom)
  • F - EEC (European Extended Community) - E-plus Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland and Yugoslavia
  • G - GCC (Gulf Cooperative Council) - Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE (United Arab Emirates)
  • H - Hong Kong
  • J - Japan
  • K - Korea
  • L - Malaysia
  • M - Mexico
  • N - New Zealand
  • P - Australia
  • Q - South America (Brazil)
  • S - Singapore
  • T - Taiwan
  • U - South America (unleaded fuel regions)
  • V - Vietnam
  • X - ROW (Rest Of World)
  • Y - Military
  • Z - Israel

Revision Level (not printed on label)

  • 91-99 - Hardware and certification levels
  • 01-04 - Preliminary levels
  • 00 - Job 1 production (initial certification)
  • 05-09 - Pre-job 1 revisions to calibrations
  • 10-89 - Post-job 1 revisions to calibrations
  • 0B - Durability test level
  • BD - OBD intermediate level (pre-05)

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    Master Access Code

    What Is the Master Access Code

    The master access code is a factory-set five-digit entry code. You can operate the keypad with the master access code at any time. The master access code is on the owner’s wallet card in the glove box and is available from an authorized dealer.

    Displaying the Master Access Code

    To display the factory-set code in the information display:

    Ford Escape. Master Access Code

    Remove the rubber mat. Insert the first programmed key in the backup slot. Press the push button ignition switch once and wait a few seconds. Press the push button ignition switch again and remove the key. Within 10 seconds, place a second programmed intelligent access key in the backup slot and press the push button ignition switch.

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