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How can you tell if a engine will swap out or interchange in cars if the cars are different years and maybe different models and maybe makes. i was told that you can look at the vin# on the cars and if the numbers match in the vin in a certain position then the engines will swap out, is this true or is there another way to tell this. also where are all the locations you can find vin# on cars except in the winshield on dash and on the drivers door? one more question - is there a way you can test a transmission to see if it is operating correctly before u install it on a car. some junk yards test their trannys and i wanted to know how they do this. do they have a machine or take them to a shop somewhere or can a average person do it at home?

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Hi! You can check the driver's seatbelt for correct year model. Not all geniuses knows this. At the bottom of the seatbelt besides the passenger seat theres a tag that tells the year of production. This tag will never lie. Actually you cant tell the performace of the tranny till its installed. Just make sure that the sensors are all intact before buying the tranny. Hope this helps and have a good one!

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  • pradadlw Jul 12, 2010


    thanks for the tranny advise but what i wa asking about the engines swap between cars was this. here is a example, say if i haesve a 1994 toyota camry and a 1996 toyota camry and i had a bad motor in the 1994 car will the motor in the 1996 camry work in the the 1994. i wa told that a 1998 subaru legacy gt limited 2.5 engine will swap out with a 1996 through 1998 subaru legacy gt limited engines. also a 1998 subaru forrester engine will swap out with a 1998 subaru legacy. the person told me that the six position number from the left in a vin # matches then the motors will swap out. if the six place number is a 5 and the forrester six place number is a 5 then both motors will swap. i am trying to find out if this is true for all makes of cars.

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    dj_relly999 Jul 12, 2010

    Ok, thanks for the clarification. Yes it will work, no need to worry about.



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