Fitting Jack Pads

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Fitting Jack Pads

This is an easy modification to do. Jack Pads are parts that can be fitted to the more modern VW (other VAG) chassis. Very handy to have fitted if you jack up the Scirocco regularly such as to clean wheels. With Jack Pads fitted, the hydraulic lift jack no longer needs to contact the bodywork in order to lift the car.

It consists of fitting either parts from the Audi TT or the Audi S3. The Audi TT version is simple but leaves the front areas of the under floor pan exposed a little. The Audi S3 version below, whilst a little more expensive replaces the front covers with Jack Pads incorporating covers.

People owning VWs back to the Mk4 Golf will recognise this modification, as it's not new. I decided to investigate whether it could be done on the Scirocco Mk3 and which version to use.

Takes no more than an hour, good mechanic people will have this done in half that time.

Parts, Materials & Tool List:

Parts: 8P0 802 845 Front Left Jack Pad - 1 off required 8P0 802 846 Front Right Jack Pad - 1 off required 8N0 804 583 Rubber Buffers - 4 off required 8P0 802 847 Plastic Jack Pad Plugs - 2 off required. Cost: £43.85 incl VAT @ 17.5% (These parts have to be ordered via an Audi dealership, brand blocked at VW dealerships)

PVC tape (bright colour) or HiViz tape – about 60 cm length needed.

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Materials: Waxoyl (optional) WD40

Tools: Hydraulic Jack with flat lift surface (if cupped, small square piece of stiff/flat wood) 26 or 27mm socket. Flat bladed screw driver Torx driver and T25

Rear Jack Pad Points

The Scirocco does not need to be raised on a jack unless it has lowered suspension to gain access for this modification. Locate the rear jacking points behind the inner sill area, just forward of the rear wheels. On the inside of the sill there are two plastic covers.

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Remove the rear plastic blanking cap (Red Arrow in the Photo). Can be done with your fingers very easily.

The mounting point is now ready for preparation and fitting of the Rubber Buffer, part number 8N0 804 583.

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I applied a little amount of Waxoyl to seat and seal the Jack Pad Rubber Buffer. The Waxoyl also aids the Rubber Buffer insertion to seat home.

To insert the Jack Pad Rubber Buffer, the part needs to be pushed into the hole using the Rubber Buffer inner part of the cup. Push on the rim and it just squashes! To do this, place a 26mm or 27mm socket into the outward facing cup, offer up to the hole in the Scirocco's chassis the Rubber Buffer and then use the hydraulic jack as shown with the socket in the jack's jacking head. Raise the hydraulic jack gently and the Rubber Buffer should pop in. Withdraw the hydraulic jack and twist the Rubber Buffer to make sure it has seated home in the chassis.

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Next insert a Plastic Plug, part number 8P0 802 847. I wiped it in WD40 to ease it being inserted. Place it into the Rubber Buffer fitted to the chassis. Now use the hydraulic jack again but this time, if the jack has "cupped" head like mine in the photos, place a flat strong piece of wood or similar on the head. Now raise the hydraulic jack, contact the Plastic Plug and continue to push it into the Rubber Buffer until it pops home.

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Withdraw the hydraulic jack and admire your handy work as below. You will now realise what the yellow tape is for. The tape is so a garage mechanic's attention can be draw to the jack pad points (although not all garage lift hoist will use these points due to their design.)

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Now complete the other rear side in the same way.

Front Jack Pad Points The first thing to do is remove the front covers (red arrow) over the Jack Pad mounting points. It is best first to remove the small outer chassis cover panel, which is held on by two T25 Torx bolts (green arrow points to one of the positions).

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With this cover out of the way, access to the cover above (red arrow) over the Jack Pad mounting point is easier. The cover clips in but I found it hard to remove by hand given the Scirocco wasn't raised up off the ground, so used a flat bladed screwdriver to push back the retaining tongues (red arrows in the photo)

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Removing the cover leaves the forward Jack Pad mounting point exposed to work on.

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The mounting point is now ready for preparation and fitting of the Rubber Buffer, part number 8N0 804 583. Fitting the parts for the front Jack Pad is similar to the rear. Place the Rubber Buffer into the mounting hole in the chassis. As before I used a little Waxoyl to aid inserting and sealing. Push the Rubber Buffer into the chassis using a 26mm or 27mm socket and a hydraulic jack.

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Next replace the outer cover that was removed and refit/tighten the two T25 bolts.

Now place the front Jack Pad Plug with integral cover, part number 8P0 802 845 (Left unit), {8P0 802 846 (Right unit)} into the Rubber Buffer fitted to the chassis. Adjust by rotating the Jack Pad Plug and cover to align correctly with the under chassis protective covers. Using the hydraulic jack with a flat surface bearing head, gently push home the plastic Plug with its integral cover.

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Withdraw the hydraulic jack and again admire your handy work.

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Now without directly contacting the Scirocco's sills or chassis, it is possible to raise the car using a flat hydraulic jack head. (Do not use the hydraulic jack's "cupped" head as seen fitted to the hydraulic jack in the photographs above. It may damage the integral cover to the front Jack Pads unless a flat surface interface is used.) Here's a photo (not mine) to illustrate.

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Audi TT Version

Parts: 8N0 804 583 Rubber Buffer - 4 off required 8N0 803 855 Plastic Securing Plugs - 4 off required Cost: £20.72 incl VAT @ 17.5% (These parts have to be ordered via an Audi dealership, brand blocked at VW dealerships)

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The fitting is the same as the Audi S3 parts. Only the plastic Plugs 8N0 803 855 when fully inserted are flush with the outer rim surface of the Rubber Buffer.

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Also, for front mounting points, the Jack Pad is left open like this (Plastic Plug not fitted).

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