I see the round rubber pads underneath the car, but these appear to be designed for a floor lift. How do I raise the front end or rear end of the car uniformly? It appears I need 2 floor jacks, one for each side of the vehicle. What's the best way?? Once the car is in the air, where is the best place to put jackstands? The floor/rockers area is too fragile for the load. Many thanks, all.
I have two Porsches and BOTH require that the cars be lifted in special places on the sides. On the Porsches there are no recommended lift spots on the front or rear....therefore I wouldn't try lifting the TT until you know for sure. You could do damage to your car. They don't make them like used to you know. Favor the lift jacks at the dealers.
This is an excellent question, one I would like to see a definitive answer too also. And it is applicable to more than just the TT.
There are designated Jack points for using the scissor jack in your spare tire well. These points are shown in the user manual which comes with the car, as well as the Bentley repair publications. These points can also be lifted by a floor jack with a suitable adapter in the cradle.
However, standard safety procedures call for the use of jackstands. In my older Jettas, there was plenty of structural support in the front of the car where the suspension attaches to the subframe under which a jackstand could be placed after lifting from the side points.
In newer (like 2000) Jettas, these structures don't look so solid. And in the MKV cars, including the Audi A3, the subframe is aluminum.
I have seen instructions for installing the rubber jack pads in these cars. I have also seen techs suggest those points were not structurally sound enough.
Not to put anyone on the spot, but it would be great if someone with authoritative knowledge, including Art or Stan could comment on this issue. It would help us all continue to work on our cars safely.