How to Identify the Engine in My Honda Accord

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How to Identify the Engine in My Honda Accord
The engine code identifies the engine type of your Honda Accord. (Motor image by Conny from Fotolia.com)

The Accord is a midsize vehicle manufactured by Honda since 1976. It has either a four-cylinder or six-cylinder engine. There are two numbers you can use to identify it. The engine code is often needed to order parts and to service your Accord.

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Instructions

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    Locate the vehicle identification number (VIN) by looking through the front windshield on the driver's side. It is stamped on a metal plate that is fastened to the dashboard. The VIN is also on the Vehicle Safety Certification label that is affixed to the bottom of the driver's side door pillar.

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    Locate the sixth digit of the VIN, which identifies the engine code.

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    Determine the engine code based on the digit. For 2005 and earlier models, the number 5 represents the engine code K24A4 (four-door model), 6 represents the engine code J30A4 (four-door model), 7 stands for engine code K24A8 (two-door model) and 8 represents engine code J30A4 (two-door model). The engine code for 2006 and later models can be determined using the same methodology; 5 represents engine code K24A8 (four-door model), 6 represents engine code J30A5 (four-door model), 7 represents engine code K24A8 (two-door model) and 8 stands for engine code J30A5 (two-door model).

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    If the engine code is K24A4 or K24A8, the vehicle contains a 2.4L DOHC i-VTEC four-cylinder engine. If the engine code is J30A4 or J30A5, it contains a 3.0L SOCH VTEC V6 engine.

  1. 1

    Lift the bonnet and look at the number of pistons in the engine compartment to determine the number of cylinders. There's often writing on the engine that says how many cylinders it has.

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    If your vehicle is a four-cylinder, look for the five-digit engine code near the exhaust manifold on the right side of the vehicle. If your vehicle is a six-cylinder, look for the engine code near the left end of the front cylinder head.

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    If the engine code is K24A4 or K24A8, the vehicle contains a 2.4L DOHC i-VTEC four-cylinder engine. If the engine code is J30A4 or J30A5, it contains a 3.0L SOCH VTEC V6 engine.

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