Here are the details of how I jacked up my Audi A4 (b6) Avant and took all 4 wheels off, so they could be repainted. Tools needed:
2. 4 x jack Stands
4. set of small screw drivers
6. Socket set - need 17" socket for Audi bolts
Picture of tools I used as listed aboveSteps:
1. Make sure your Audi is parked on flat level surface, this is important as you don't want
the car to fall of jack stands.WARNING:
Do not reply on the transmission or parking brake to keep the car from rolling.
3. You need to make sure you understand where the jack and jack stands are first before you do anything, or else you will do damage to your Audi.
Here are two pictures of front and then rear on audi, showing areas to jack up the car and put jack stands. I will have more pictures of this later in steps.
4. Before you go jacking up your Audi, its important to loosen lug bolts slightly, this makes it easier to undo bolts when the wheels are jacked up off the ground. Before you can loosen the bolts, you need to take off the center caps from wheels.
To do this without damaging the center caps or your wheel, take 2 x small screw driver and put tape on the end of screw drivers.
Using one of the screw drivers, place the screw driver in one of the circle holes on the edge of the center cap
You can now gently push down on the screw driver and the center cap should pop off. If you are still having issues getting center cap off, use the second screw you put tape on and put the screw driver inbetween the wheel and the center cap to help push the center cap out, as per picture below
Here is the center cap off the wheel and showing with screw driver still in it
5. Now repeat Step 4 for each wheel
6. Now you can loosen the lug bolts slightly, this makes it easier to undo bolts when the wheels are jacked up off the ground. Do this by using 17" socket on racket and pushing down on racket (anti-clock wise) this will loosen the lug bolts. Repeat on each lug bolt per wheel (4 wheels with 5 lug bolts each)
7. So you are now ready to jack up your Audi. I started with the rear.
8. Using the Step 3 information, I placed my jack under the rear trailing arm and start to jack up. I took my time to make sure I got the right spot and that the car would not slip off the jack. As you jack up the car, the whole rear will lift, so be careful.
9. I jacked the car up enough so I could get jack stands underneath both sides of the audi and place in jack stand point as outlined in Step 3. I then lowered the car slowly until it rested firmly on the jack stand and then removed the jack.
10. Now ready to jack up the front of the car.
Using the Step 3 information, I placed my jack under the front reinformed floor pain inboard of front jacking point. (See picture below)
I took my time to make sure I got the right spot and that the car would not slip off the jack.
As you jack up the car, the whole front will lift, so be careful, specailly as the rear of the car is on jack stands too.
I jacked up the car until I could get the jack stands under both sides
I then placed the jack stands in correct location as outlined in Step 3. I then lowered the car slowly until it rested firmly on the jack stand and then removed the jack.
The car is now fully supported on jack stands.
11. Time to unbolt the lug bolts on each wheel. One wheel at a time, using 17" socket and racket, pushing down on racket and turning (anti-clock wise) until the lug bolt is properly unscrewed and you can take out by hand. Repeat this step on each lug bolt per wheel (4 wheels with 5 lug bolts each) On the last lug bolt for each wheel, support the wheel so you don't damage last lug bolt. Take off each wheel and place on ground facing up.
If the wheel won't come off, a slight kick to the tires will help.
You now should have all wheels off you audi
12. I have spacers on my audi (10mm) and these where all stuck to the wheel, so if you have this happen to you, all you need to do is using a hammer, tap the side of the spacers all the way around and they will pop off.Next job is to clean the rims.Tools and materials used
3. Wheel cleaner (I used Meguiars)
4. Bucket with warm water and car wash
5. Not required, but makes life easier - Water pressure/power washer
1. Using water pressure washer, rinsed off wheels.
2. Then sprayed the wheel cleaner all over wheels front and rear
3. Let the wheel cleaner do its thing for minute and then using the brush, brush the wheel making sure the wheel cleaner gets into any part of the wheel. This will help remove any dirt or brake dust from the wheels. I did repeated step 15 & this step 16 twice, so to make sure the whole wheel was covered.
4. Using the pressure/power washer, I then rinsed off the wheels front and rear
5. Then let the wheels dry off
I will provide update on center caps tomorrow, on what I did before I provided the wheels to my friend who is doing a custom powder coat paint job for me.