How to Find the Part Number for Volkswagens

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How to Find the Part Number for Volkswagens
Easily find the parts to get your VW to start. (Digital Vision/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Volkswagen is Europe's leading automotive manufacturer. As of 2011, Volkswagen produces 14 car models. The company is also well-known for creating the classic Beetle and Vanagon. Volkswagen parts have unique numbers assigned to them so that they can be easily tracked and replaced when necessary. Specific makes and models of Volkswagen vehicles require specific parts with unique numbers. The situation that has left you looking for a part will determine the best way to go about finding its number.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Vehicle's paperwork

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  1. 1

    Look on the part. Part numbers will normally be visible somewhere on the parts themselves. The number will consist of three groups of three digits, which may be followed by a series of letters.

  2. 2

    Locate the vehicle identification number. The VIN can be used to locate appropriate parts for all vehicles created after 1983. The VIN will be located on any paperwork you have regarding the vehicle's title or service history. The VIN also is usually found several places within the vehicle, including on the dash and the driver's side door. The VIN is 17 characters long. Representatives at dealerships and parts stores will be able to tell you the appropriate part numbers based on the VIN.

  3. 3

    Determine the number yourself. There is a system to creating product numbers. The first set of digits corresponds with the make and model of the vehicle. The next three are for the main group part and the part's subgroup. The final three are for the component. With some knowledge of cars, access to parts numbers on the Internet and accessibility to the numbers for other functioning parts, an educated and detail-oriented person may be able to determine the part number.

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