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After completing this job, you will be able to locate and interpret vehicle and vehicle subassembly numbers.
As you read the job instructions, answer the questions and perform the tasks. Print your answers
neatly and use complete sentences. Consult the proper service literature and ask your instructor for help as
Before performing this job, review all pertinent safety information in the text and
discuss safety procedures with your instructor.
1. Obtain a vehicle to be used in this job. Your instructor may specify one or more vehicles to be used.
Locate the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), Emissions Certification
Label, and Refrigerant Identification Label
1. Locate the vehicle identification number (VIN). On all vehicles built after 1968, the VIN will
be visible in the lower driver’s side corner of the windshield, Figure 2-1. On most vehicles built
before 1968, the VIN will be located in the driver’s side front door jamb, Figure 2-2.
Write the VIN here: _____________________________________________________________
Name ________________________________________________________ Date _________________
Instructor _____________________________________________________ Period ________________
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Figure 2-2. The VIN on this older vehicle is installed inside the driver’s side door jamb.
Figure 2-1. On all vehicles made after 1968, the VIN is located on the driver’s side of the dashboard, where it
can be clearly seen through the windshield.
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2. Open the vehicle hood or engine compartment cover and locate the vehicle’s emission
certification label, Figure 2-3.
3. Answer the following questions:
What is the recommended spark plug gap? _______________
Can the ignition timing be adjusted? Yes ___ No ___
If Yes, what is the recommended base ignition timing? __________________________________
Is other service information listed on the label? Yes ___ No ___
If Yes, list: _____________________________________________________________________
If the vehicle is not equipped with air conditioning, skip the following step. Also, some
older air-conditioned vehicles may not have a refrigerant identification label.
4. Return to the engine compartment and locate the refrigerant identification label, Figure 2-4. The
refrigerant identification label may be on an air conditioner component or on the inner fender or
strut housing.
What type of refrigerant is used in this vehicle? _______________________________________
Figure 2-4. The refrigerant label is located under the hood, but not necessarily near any air conditioner
Figure 2-3. The emission certification label lists important service information.
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Name ________________________________________________________
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Identification labels vary by manufacturer. Not all vehicles will have the same labels.
Typical labels may be called calibration labels, safety certification labels, or vehicle
service parts labels. Needed information may be included in the certification label
rather than on separate labels.
5. Locate all of the vehicle identification labels on the vehicle. Labels may be found on the
passenger side door or door pillar, under the vehicle hood, on the underside of the vehicle trunk
lid, on the tailgate of a station wagon, and on the spare tire cover. In your own words, describe
the types of labels and the information that they contain.
Locate Major Component Identification Numbers
1. Ask your instructor for information concerning which vehicle component to use for locating a
component number.
2. Locate the component and record the component identification number(s).
3. In your own words, describe the purpose of these numbers.
4. Close the vehicle hood, trunk, and doors and park the vehicle where indicated by your instructor.
Job Wrap-Up
1. Clean the work area and return any equipment to storage.
2. Did you encounter any problems during this procedure? Yes ___ No ___
If Yes, describe the problems: ______________________________________________________
What did you do to correct the problems? ____________________________________________
3. Have your instructor check your work and sign this job sheet.
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Performance Evaluation—Instructor Use Only
Did the student complete the job in the time allotted? Yes ___ No ___
If No, which steps were not completed? ____________________
How would you rate this student’s overall performance on this job? ________________________
1–Excellent, 2–Good, 3–Satisfactory, 4–Unsatisfactory, 5–Poor
Comments: __________________________________________________________________
INSTRUCTOR’S SIGNATURE _________________________________________________
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