Do you have a jack in your R8?

jr_spyder

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I usually use my garage floor jack on my cars and never look for the OEM jack. The R8 has a very strange jack point however, plus my garage jack barely fits under the frame. When I went to pull the OEM jack out of the trunk there wasn’t one there (although there is a space for one in the tool kit). I contacted my dealer and he researched it and said the car doesn’t come with a jack and he’s not sure he can get the special jack for this car. The owner’s manual shows how to the use the jack and gives tips.

I find it preposterous that the car doesn’t come with a jack, especially since it needs a special one.

Did any of you get one in your car? If so does it have a part number on it?

MotherTucker

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Nope, didn’t get one. My ’09 came with a pump and a can of slime. No reason to jack up the car if you don’t have a new tire to put on.

The dealer said they originally planned on run-flats, but the performance was so poor that they went with the pump and the can of slime instead.

EdwardR8

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I was reading this too and thought that the car came with one. It said you can’t use jack stands at these jack points, but doesn’t tell you where you can use them. This naturally led to the assumption that the jack was under the bonnet with the rest of the tools.

However, I don’t think the jack is special. I have seen, and might just have one.

desperado

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At Infineon, the mechanics were lifting the car with the Griot’s low profile jack.

Even though this is expressly prohibited by the manual, they were lifting the rear by jacking under the transmision. It appeared that they placed the jack at the front-center of the rear under-body diffuser.

I didn’t notice the location they were using to jack the front of the car.

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MotherTucker

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Boy I sure wouldn’t do that to my car.

I use a low-profile racing jack, and use the locations specifed in the service manual. In the rear, those are on the shiny metal about 2 feet in front of the rear wheels — there’s a raised circle that shows exactly where it is. On the front, it’s the rough triangle-shaped surface that borders on the wheel well.

The suspension and frame is so stiff that you can jack up the car using only one of the rear jacking points and it will also raise the front wheel.

Also, the service manual says to always use a rubber pad or wood block on the jack. I use a hockey puck on my racing jack lifting pad, it works great.

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desperado

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2018 R8 LMS GT4 | 2014 R8 LMS Ultra GT3 | 2012 R8 GT Coupe 5.2 6RT | 2009 R8 Coupe 4.2 6MT
Exiting a corner on the limit is like tightrope-walking; entering a corner on the limit is like jumping onto a tightrope while blindfolded. — Mark Donahue

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Stewart W

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I usually use my garage floor jack on my cars and never look for the OEM jack. The R8 has a very strange jack point however, plus my garage jack barely fits under the frame. When I went to pull the OEM jack out of the trunk there wasn’t one there (although there is a space for one in the tool kit). I contacted my dealer and he researched it and said the car doesn’t come with a jack and he’s not sure he can get the special jack for this car. The owner’s manual shows how to the use the jack and gives tips.

I find it preposterous that the car doesn’t come with a jack, especially since it needs a special one.

Did any of you get one in your car? If so does it have a part number on it?

robot

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i was told the same by my dealer. no jack available for the r8 even though there is a space in the boot for it?

i had to replace a rear tire after a puncture and was shocked that the owners manual refers to an item not included with the car?

Jacking up the car in the right spot without the idiosyncratic fitting for the location on the R8 is a hassle and a BS move by Audi. Audi has pretty much nailed it with this car in every respect. but this one was a disappointment.

L3MAN

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My R8 came in July 07, with a fully fitted tool kit & jack in the boot (trunk) below a lift out carpet panel. No sliding latches, just lift out. As I stated in a post last year, it is essential to be able to jack your own car and take the wheel off and fix a simple repair without resorting to the can of foam spray.
A short cab ride could be a lot cheaper than a new tyre.

I find it strange that their is so much variation between US spec and UK spec for example the rear fog light in the diffuser — standard in the UK but not available OEM in the US!

Whilst I am at it, it seems to be very apparent that their are far more quality problems for US supplied cars than UK cars. Makes me wonder if the US get a down graded version ? I hope not, but it does make you think! You would think that a year down the line most faults would have come out and have been ironed out?

It would be very interesting to start a thread which could keep a running total and types of faults and from which country. Could the administrators organise this? We may all learn something from this, including Audi themselves!

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