Jack Pad Install

by: Rusty


Background:

Jack pads - a rubber and plastic pad assembly, inserted at four factory-designed stress points (two front, two rear), to use as a lifting point for floor jacks, and perhaps also for a hydraulic lift. They are factory VW parts, and IIRC come standard on Audis. These are GREAT! You can quickly spot the jack and get the car up without any guesswork and without any metal touching metal. The rubber compresses and squeezes out a bit, making a nice little cushion pad for the car to rest on.

Tools:

  • floor jacks

Parts:

  • 8N0-804-583 (qty 4 required)
  • 8N0-803-855 (qty 4 required)

1) The factory jack pad holes are are round holes, bigger than a golf ball, covered with thin 2-1/2" diameter plastics plugs which must be removed. They can be difficult to find because they are very thin and blend with the underbody coating. Use a thin flat bladed screwdriver and push it under the edge of the covers, to the edge of the holes and then push down to free the covers. They should free up about halfway, then grab them and pull them out.

The front ones are just forward of the factory jack points, and in towards the center of the car a bit, plus they're a bit difficult to see because they're in a slightly indented section (with brake and fuel lines running nearby, so be very careful where you put your jack). You need to be on the ground looking up to find it. The cover is tougher to remove than the rear one because there are no "free" edges and you have to really pry to get it out.
Front Jackpad Location, driver side:
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The rear ones are much easier to find. Just find the factory jack points, and look around a little bit - about 8" forward of the little triangle on the skirt.
Rear Jackpad Location, driver side:
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2) Optional - a can of spray undercoating - when you take out the plastic plugs, they leave a non-undercoated ring around the holes. To do this job "perfect", you should spray the undercoating around the empty holes, wipe the undercoating from the very inner lip of the hole (so that the pad slips in easier), and let it dry before you press the new jack pads in. You can see in the pics where I didn't undercoat mine.

3) Insert only the rubber part of the jack pad first. Use soapy water, or your favorite rubber lubricant on the rubber insert. This is best pressed in via a floor jack and a "helper" such as 1" PVC pipe, a 25mm socket, a 1-1/8" socket, etc.

4) Lubricate the plastic piece and press in using the same method as step 3. It should pop right in.

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