What's A Volkswagen Front Longitudinal Member?

When it comes to repair information, vehicle makers use a wide variety of terminology for replacement parts. All of the different names can be confusing, especially when repairing a variety of vehicle makes and models.

When searching for repair procedures, knowing what to look for can save valuable time. When searching Volkswagen, for example, instead of looking for a lower rail, look for the front longitudinal member (see Table 1). Having the correct repair information is essential to a proper repair process. Without vehicle maker repair information, you are potentially re-engineering the vehicle without the research into how the vehicle would react in another collision.

Volkswagen repair information is available for purchase at: www.erwin.vw.com

Table 1
Volkswagen Part Terms Industry Part Terms
Upper Wheel Housing Longitudinal Member Front Upper Rail
Front Longitudinal Member Front Lower Rail
A-Pillar, Roof Pillar A-Pillar
B-Pillar B-Pillar
Sill Panel Outer Rocker Panel
Side Panel Quarter Panel
End Crossmember Rear Body Panel
Rear Luggage Compartment Floor Trunk Floor
Rear Longitudinal Member Rear Rail
This table shows the terms that Volkswagen uses on the left and the common industry terms on the right.

Additional I-CAR Collision Repair News you may find helpful:
Collision Information Website Access: Volkswagen
Step-By-Step: Accessing Volkswagen Repair Information
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