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Always Overcharged 11-14-2006 02:00 PM

Poll to send to Audi-If your jack has failed please post here.Mine has Twice [different jacks]

Joao 11-14-2006 02:05 PM

No but broke my lug nut wrench. Pissed me off.

pac1085 11-14-2006 02:06 PM


Nigel (no more S4) 11-14-2006 02:07 PM


jlive1980 11-14-2006 02:08 PM

YES, twice
mine did in my B6 A4 and my girlfriends also broke from her 04 TT. Pieces of ****

Dr.Duct_Mossburg 11-14-2006 02:10 PM

2 times..
once i got out of the way.

Second time the car fell on my foot, breaking 2 bones, and fracturing my heel plate. Perm. damage to the ligaments.

Had to drive home (6speed) with that, i was by myself, and no cell phone. The car was leaking brake fluid, and had a broken caliber bolt, anytime i would hit a bumped i would have to put it in reverse to spin the caliper back.

Worst experience of my life. I wanted to sell my audi for the next 3 weeks, but couldnt find a serious buyer. I eventually returned to it, and fell in love once more.

Always Overcharged 11-14-2006 02:20 PM

Wow in ten mins 57 hits with five failures-almost 10% failure rate
lets see where it goes and I will send a link to Audi

97RoninA8 11-14-2006 02:21 PM

One here too... Plastic top broke off.

97RoninA8 11-14-2006 02:25 PM

Holy ****. You should have gotten a GREAT lawyer.

MB The Body 11-14-2006 02:29 PM

mine gave out almost immediately upon using it

HdiaS4 11-14-2006 02:30 PM

i had a friend with a similar event, but it happened it brazil and he was driving a 1.0 FIAT uno, the worst car ever.
he also said was the worst time of his life, he drove for almost 2 hours with a broken foot, on gravel road, manual car.
but he did get a new car, vw santana.

picnicbob 11-14-2006 02:34 PM

me too. and i miss that thing that fits into the lug hole to make it easier to get the wheel back on
that broke too.

'01 S4 Kid 11-14-2006 02:41 PM

Yes. fell over, side skirt damaged

00b5 11-14-2006 02:44 PM

Yes, tire under car saved my face, maybe my life!

skiracer 11-14-2006 02:46 PM

Yes- failed (bent, almost collapsed) on first (and ONLY) use. POS!!

LuvnhatemyA6 11-14-2006 02:48 PM

Yes, fell over, scraped side skirt and door - could have been crushed

ryoung 11-14-2006 02:55 PM

Witnessed a failure.
Docmusolf <a href="">Nearly Lost a Hand</a> at the Quattro Club's Grattan event. I haven't used the Audi jack since that weekend and now carry a floor jack in the trunk. The <a href="">Death by Jack</a> thread discusses three other incidents. Searches in the other forums would undoubtedly find many others.

The Four Amigos at Grattan. Note that the paddock area where the jack failure occurred is very flat.

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Kris Hansen 11-14-2006 03:05 PM

Failed how? Actually BROKE? or the car fell over due to misuse of the emergency jack?
I've used them over the last, oh 16 years or so here and there, NEVER had a problem. Granted, you have to be careful, but I've never had a car fall off of one.

Also keep in mind, the Audi jack is designed for emergency tire changes ONLY, any other use of it is just pure stupidity.

Dr.Duct_Mossburg 11-14-2006 03:10 PM

i really had no one to blame except for myself, i should of known better

Dr.Duct_Mossburg 11-14-2006 03:11 PM

p.s. try getting a car back off the ground, with only a spare, and a broken jack..
all while having a broken foot.

ryoung 11-14-2006 03:12 PM

One example ...
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Always Overcharged 11-14-2006 03:17 PM

Surely any failure is relevant in that these cars are sold as a safe
Even an emergency jack should be capable of lifting the intended car safely without endangering the auto manufacturers customer and the BS. about chocking the wheels may be good advice but in reality most motorists rely on the park brake or the transmission when changing a wheel.
Mine was on a level concrete floor and in park-when I lifted the cars right front the jack collapsed into a twisted mess dropping the car.
the ridgidity of this car may have contributed to the movement as the rear wheel can cock when lifting the front -but still Audi's r&amp;d dept should have checked this and erred on the safety side.
I am 47 years old and have owned many lesser cars and never had a jack even budge.[until the Audi X 2]

Always Overcharged 11-14-2006 03:19 PM

exactly this could have been a picture of the jack that I sent to Audi for comment

Kris Hansen 11-14-2006 03:20 PM

I would agree that the stiffer suspended cars woudl be more likely to twist ...
while jacking.. It's important to note how you were using the jack though, was it for changing tires etc, or for a flat tire change?

I also agree that the jack should not be failure prone, as they seem to be with the bigger cars.

Kris Hansen 11-14-2006 03:21 PM

Lovely. How did that happen? Just jacking it up? or as the result of the car falling?
I've seen mine bend pretty severely, but never like that.

tonypai 11-14-2006 03:28 PM

Jack on my 740i failed. I threw away the A8 jack.
The AAA tow truck driver said it's pretty common with these large luxury sedans.

Always Overcharged 11-14-2006 03:34 PM

Just checked my FACTORY HANDBOOK-no mention of chocking wheels
or special safety tips-Just says dont lift heavier vehicals or other loads
tool kit lists only
A jack
A box spanner
Aplastic pin for mounting wheel
An open end spanner
A removable tow hook [probably to hoist car off crushed customer]

project car 11-14-2006 03:34 PM

Re: Poll to send to Audi-If your jack has failed pleas post here.Mine has Twice [different jacks]
Mine has failed

Always Overcharged 11-14-2006 03:36 PM

AllI was doing was changing the wheel-that is what it is designed for
and even doing that I use axle stands but first you need to lift the car to get the stand under

ryoung 11-14-2006 03:37 PM

The original post says it all.
<a href="">A8 Car Jack is Unfit and Unsafe</a>

If the jack collapses in this controlled situation (or the one I witnessed), I don't know how you could say that "<i>the Audi jack is designed for emergency tire changes ONLY</i>". How is changing a tire on the side of a road supposed to be safer?

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ImAwesome 11-14-2006 03:54 PM

yep... used it to raise the car and the foot came off.. it's in the dump somewhere

Rice Etr 11-14-2006 04:00 PM

Yes, It folded over on my where the foot connects to the upright section.

Bruce M 11-14-2006 04:14 PM

That has nothing to do with it...this is America...sue!!!! Seriously, hope you are feeling better.

A8CT 11-14-2006 04:36 PM

didn't expect that response. I'll send something as well.

S40RCE:Smurf 11-14-2006 04:44 PM

YES, fell over/bended sideskirt got damaged!

quattrokiwi 11-14-2006 04:47 PM

Yes, plastic top broke, and jack dented the underneath of car. Lucky still had the wheel on.

cyberdocdo 11-14-2006 04:47 PM

yes, fell over and rocker panel damaged

tehA8PIMP 11-14-2006 05:34 PM

Yes, AAA guy cut his hand (jack was on flat garage floor)
I believe the hand brake was on, AAA guys would likely not forget that. This was the first use of the jack on the car (99 A8), and the last. I saved the busted jack, we should all send them in to Audi as a protest.

needforsleep 11-14-2006 06:28 PM

Twice on two different Audi's (90 coupe &amp; 97 A4).

Buckeye A4 3.2 11-14-2006 06:39 PM

My Audi Jack Experience 1/21/05...
Reposted from the A6 C5 forum:

Typing one handed today due to scarey accident in downtown Cincinnati last night.

Surprise snow (forecast 1", got 5") left parking lot covered with 1" ice and snow on top. I missed the parking exist due to ice, slid into curb which blew the seal on my 17" PZero.

Got out to throw the spare on, was lining up the spare on the right front when the Audi jack slipped-out (I even had the owners manual out to insure I was using it correctly) pinning my right hand between the spare and the front fender. Hurt like hell! No one in lot, snowing hard, I'm freezing and I'm worried about losing circulation to my fingers.

I call 911, they ask what city... (lot of confidence being instilled). After about 5 minutes, a security guard comes by in a cart. He can't move body 1/4 inch to free me. He couldn't figure out the Audi jack, so I am trying to teach him while I get 911 back on the phone that he accidently hangs up on also dealing with extreme pain.

Finally hear fire trucks, but as they pull in, we get the jack to move the car enough to free me (while cracking the plastic piece under front door).

Huge indentation in my hand. The fire department insists on me going to the hospital for x-rays. Fortunately, nothing broken, just incredibly painful and swollen.

For those questioning, I did clear the ice before setting the jack and was on flat land. I will NEVER use an Audi jack again, even in good conditions. Just not safe! Plus, the screws vs, bolts that mount the tires are not "field replacement friendly"!

I count my blessings, could have been lot worse, but certainly among the longest 15 minutes of my life. Back to my pain meds.

Learn from me, be careful using the Audi supplied jack.

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