Back in 2018, Volkswagen doubled its sales of the Atlas model by selling close to 60,000 Atlas SUVs. Like most cars manufactured nowadays, the Atlas is equipped with a variety of sensors making up the advanced safety features built into the car. Ever since these advanced safety features have become a standard in most cars manufactured today, it has required body shops to follow the strict repair procedures laid out by car manufacturers to ensure their cars are repaired the right way.
Unfortunately, if you’ve read any of our other blogs, most body shops will ignore these repair procedures and give you an unsafe, low-quality repair that is nowhere near what you need. Not following OEM repair procedures can mean total repair failure and even cause the advanced safety features your car is built with (commonly known as ADAS) to not function properly. However, you wouldn’t even know it because these shops can do a good job of making your car look “fixed.”
Here at Mid Island Collision Center, we have seen too many times where Long Island drivers are victims of poor collision repair. You only want to take your car somewhere that takes the extra time to look up what the manufacturer says about repairing your exact vehicle. Volkswagen has specific repair procedures for the 2018 Atlas and we want Long Island drivers to know what these are. That way, if you get an estimate back from a shop and they don’t have any of the below repairs listed, then that shop is putting your life at risk (along with anyone else riding in your car).
Calibration requirements for Volkswagen:
For a technician to properly address any problems happening internally to your car’s ADAS systems, they will need to perform a calibration. Since these systems are composed of a variety of different cameras, ultrasonic, and radar sensors, calibration is an extensive process to align any cameras or sensors on the car to make sure they are working properly. It requires specific tools and equipment, which only highly trained technicians are capable of performing the right way.
The VW Atlas has many different sensors placed throughout the car, which means calibration is a mandatory procedure. If you don’t see calibration on your repair estimate, then your safety is at risk.
Here at the different sensors in the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and when calibration would be necessary for each sensor:
-Front radar sensor behind the VW emblem on the grille, referred by Volkswagen as the “Distance Regulation Control Module.”
Calibration for this radar would be required if:
-Radiator core support system procedure was performed
-Radiator core support was removed and inspected (R&I) or removed and replaced (R&R)
-Rear-axle toe is adjusted
-Changes were made to the suspension, affecting the vehicle’s height
-There are two radar sensors located on the left and right of the rear bumper. These sensors are part of the rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot detection systems.
Unlike the other systems in the car, these sensors typically calibrate automatically. However, if any Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs) appear, static calibration will be required. DTCs will show up when a technician hooks up a scanner to your car’s diagnostic port to assess what needs to be repaired on your vehicle.
-There is an optional camera sensor in the front grille, part of the peripheral of the 360-degree camera system in the vehicle. The 360-degree camera system also includes cameras on the side rearview mirrors and the liftgate.
Calibration for the 360-degree camera system would be required if:
-Certain changes in ride height (such as the suspension)
-There is an optional Driver Assistance Camera near the rearview mirror. This camera assists in lane departure warning, pedestrian detection, and collision warning and braking. According to Volkswagen, “static calibration of the forward-facing camera requires an alignment rack.” A static calibration ensures these sensors are directionally proportionate to their original design.
Calibration for the Driver Assistance Camera is required if:
-The control module is not correctly programmed
-The Driver Assistance Systems Front Camera was replaced
-The windshield was removed or replaced (R&R)
-The rear axle toe was adjusted
-Work was performed on the chassis (since this influences the height of the car)
-The level control system sensor was readapted on vehicles with dampening regulation.
Additional reasons why following VW repair procedures are necessary:
Volkswagen also has various sectioning and welding procedures across different areas on the 2018 Atlas. In case you didn’t know, welding and sectioning repairs are all about where a technician can cut, weld, replace, or section different parts of your car (depending on what the manufacturer tells them).
Part of what makes the Atlas unique is Volkswagen states there are many sectioning and replacement areas on the car that can be chosen “depending on the damage.” Of course, there are still welding requirements that a technician must look up, despite the many areas where sectioning is allowed in the car. Just because a vehicle is manufactured a certain way, doesn’t mean it should be repaired this same way. A lot of body shops make this mistake, assuming a good repair is restoring your car back to factory conditions. This is not necessarily the case, which is why a shop must look up the manufacturer’s repair procedures to know precisely where they can cut, weld, replace, or section.
The roof on the 2018 Atlas was laser welded. Now, lasers aren’t something you’d find even in the best body shops (for now). Because of this, Volkswagen has specific requirements during a replacement procedure requiring the roof to be cut off at the laser welds. If a shop chooses to ignore these repair procedures, your roof would only have a band-aid level repair and would be unable to protect you in case you’re in an accident. Think about that: you wouldn’t want to be driving in a car that had a bad roof repair, right? Most shops will repair the roof on your vehicle the same way they would for every other car in their shop. It takes a highly trained technician to know how to do a proper repair.
Why trust us with you Volkswagen repair needs:
Here at Mid Island Collision Center, we are Long Island’s number one choice when it comes to repairing your car the OEM way. We know this is the only way cars should be repaired nowadays, which is why we made it a point to become a Volkswagen OEM Certified repair shop. We did this because we want our customers to receive the quality, safe repair they deserve. If a shop doesn’t perform a repair the OEM way, then your life will be put at risk, even after the repair.
We feel quite confident we’d be able to provide you with the excellence in customer service and high quality that you deserve. If you’d like to schedule an estimate or to get a free online quote, click here to get started. Or, feel free to give us a call at anytime at (516)-766-0101.
We look forward to hearing from you!