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the difference is engine size...... 5.0 is 302 and 4.6 is 289 cubic inch
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What is the difference between 4.6 and 5.0?
Im 15 and am just starting to get into MUSTANGS and i really dont know the difference. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
The 5.0 is the older style single interior cam pushrod operated overhead valve engine that's been around since the early 60's when it was a 260 ci size and it grew to the 302 ci size it is now. the single cam works all 16 valves in the engine and is located deep inside the engine just above the crankshaft.
The 4.6 is the new modular design engine that Ford came out with in '96 to replace the 5.0 pushrod engine. In the 4.6, the cam is located overhead of the valves in the heads instead of down inside the engine and there are two cams, one for each head, in the SOHC (single overhead cam) version of this engine. they also make a DOHC (double overhead cam) engine which uses two cams in each head to operate the valves. the OHC cam engines can rev much easier and higher as the reciprocating mass in the valve train is greatly reduced over that of the older pushrod type engine and is the more efficient design which has basically replaced the old pushrod operated valve engines like the 5.0.
The two engines are so different that almost no parts are interchangable between the two of them except maybe for spark plugs!
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