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Re: $#^%@&*# Tire Jack!!!!!!

Hey you weren't the only one!  I have a '84 4000S that hit a pot hole
today and had the same problems you had.  Worse thing is happened at
night, during a snow storm, and the spare tire wouldn't fit in :(

On Tue, 20 Apr 1999, Daniel Hussey wrote:

> Hello fellow listers,
> Went out to my car tonight, and was about to leave the parking garage when I
> felt something wrong.  Parked the car and found I had a badly flat left
> front tire.
> I came back later to replace it so I could get it plugged tomorow, and so I
> pulled out the Audi tools from the trunk.  I loostened the lug bolts and
> then I started to jack up the car (being carefull to it's proper position)
> and I get it up.  I start removing one of the lug bolts and the whole car
> almost fell over!  The jack wasn't supporting it well and it was falling
> over.  I lowered the car, repositioned the base of the jack making sure it
> was straight and a little bit _under_ the car.  Jacked it up again, tried
> wiggling the base to make sure it was secure.  Everything felt fine untill I
> started messing with the wheel again.  The leverage was pushing the car back
> again!  Damn piece of ^#&*@(@) jack!!!!!  I did it a third time with similar
> results.  I very frusturated as this is the 4th flat tire I've had in 6
> months and I'd hate to actually be in a position where I'd have to rely on
> this jack.  I didn't have the courage to try to change the tire with the
> jack that unstable.
> I'll probably just borrow a jack stand from a friend and change it tomorow.
> But, what would happen if I were on the side of the road?  Well, I'd be SOL!
> That's what!
> So, my question is.....  Did any of the Audi S4/S6's have a better OEM jack,
> or do they all have this bloody stupid jack too?  I looked in the trunk of
> an A4 recently and was upset to see the same ^#&@*@ tire jack in the trunk!
> Why doesn't Audi give us a decent tire jack?
> I am looking for a new jack and have seen some of those hydrualic power ones
> that a real compact, lightweight, and can plug right into your cigarette
> lighter!  I think that would be pretty cool, but I'm really just looking for
> a light, compact upgrade.
> Also, how is that can of Fix-A-Flat?  I thought about just carrying a can of
> that in the trunk, but always wondered what that stuff does when it stays in
> your tire?  Would be a reasonable alternative though.  I'd like to get a
> full size spare as well.
> Later,
> Dan