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Lifting the vehicle
WARNING
* Before driving on to a lifting platform ensure there is sufficient clearance between low-lying vehicle components and lifting platform.
* Before driving a vehicle onto a lifting platform it must be ensured that the vehicle weight does not exceed the permissible lifting capacity of the platform.
* To avoid damaging the vehicle floor and to prevent the vehicle from tipping, the vehicle should only be lifted at the points shown in the illustration.
* Never start engine and engage gear with vehicle lifted, so long as even one driven wheel has contact with the floor. There is a risk of accident if this is not observed.
* If work is to be performed under the vehicle, it must be securely supported by suitable stands.

Trolley jack
Always use suitable rubber or wooden blocks to avoid damage.
A trolley jack may only be applied at the lifting points as illustrated.
On no account should vehicle be lifted at engine sump, gearbox or on front or rear axle, as this may cause serious damage.

Lifting points for lifting platform and trolley jack

Lifting point (front):



On longitudinal floor panel reinforcement below marking.

Lifting point (rear):



On aluminium casting in front of rear axle mounting

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JiftorJackStandPointRearRight.JPG

JiftorJackStandPointFrontRight.JPG


Additional Reading -

NOTICE - I am only posting this image of the Audi OEM Jack for demonstration purposes. This jack is inherently unstable and Audi even acknowledges this fact in their demonstration video. It should ONLY be used in an EMERGENCY if needed to change the tire. Raise the vehicle just enough to get the wheel off and on. Be sure the parking brake is on and chock the opposite corner wheel.

Lift Points -
As described in Audi's documentation, these are locations of aluminum body frame castings which are intended for shop or service center hydraulic lifts and designed to support the weight of the vehicle. However these locations can also be used for Jack Stands.

Jack Points -
These are the four black plastic pieces (two on each side) located under the sill. They are designed specifically for the OEM jack. You can use a Trolley Jack and Puck at the Jack Points in order to raise the vehicle enough that Jack Stands can be positioned under the vehicle.

If you have to perform wheel, brake or suspension work, use a mechanics rolling Trolley Jack with a Puck to raise the vehicle and then place Jack Stands where noted. A rolling Trolley Jack won't tip, provides excellent lifting capacity and can safely raise the vehicle to the height necessary to position Jack Stands.

NEVER work under a vehicle using only a Trolley Jack. Always use Jack Stands to support the vehicle. If you need to be under the vehicle and are not removing the wheels, use a set of Ramps. Be sure to engage the parking brake and chock the wheels.

I also advise against any form of Scissor Jack or Bottle Jack as they can lean and fail. They are not designed for the Audi TT and only the Audi OEM Jack shown below should be used on this vehicle if absolutely necessary and ONLY to raise the vehicle to a minimum height to remove/replace the wheel.

One of the reasons Scissor Jacks and Bottle Jacks are unsuitable for this purpose is because they are not able to compensate for the change in angle as the car is raised. However, the Audi OEM Jack shown here has a roller which fits into the Jack Point and a pivot point at the base. This allows the OEM Jack to remain centered under the Jack Point as the angle changes. Fixed Scissor Jacks and Bottle Jacks are not capable of this and as the height and angle increases, these Jack will lean and possibly collapse.

Keep in mind, the Audi OEM Jack is not intended to raise the vehicle high enough to place Jack Stands under the vehicle. It's only intended to raise the car to a minimum height in order to remove and replace the tire.

While often referred to in various posts and forums, the use of suspension points for standing jacks is a very bad idea! These aluminum castings were never designed or intended to be used to support the weight of the vehicle. Doing do may result in deforming or even cracking the casting.

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Chocks-06.JPG

StandingJackSuspensionCasting-07.JPG
 

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