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Old 08-14-2016, 07:37 PM   #61
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Here's an actually useful tip: don't use the forum search.

It is fifteen year old tech and useless.

Go to google and type:

Site:e46fanatics.com floor jack recommend

Or whatever your question.
There's that too. But you have the ability to search sub-forums and thread topics. That will help narrow down your search quicker, many times. Either way, searching is good.
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Old 08-14-2016, 08:10 PM   #62
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DO NOT GO UNDER YOUR CAR WITH THE JACK SUPPORTING IT.
Use jack stands. You are never supposed to go under a car while it's supported by the jack. You're correct to be scared.
Sorry, wasn't clear. I don't feel safe getting my car in the air to put it on the jack stands, which I do trust!
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I know you're new and you seem pretty cool so I'll cut you some slack.
But I'll say this to you and all people who are here from 2015/2016:

Every topic/question you could ever think has already been discussed on E46Fanatics.....

Here's your jack topic thread we had a couple years back:

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...ighlight=jacks
Actually I've been here for a almost 1.5years I think you've just started noticing me I haven't searched because I've been learning a lot and answering a lot of my own questions. When I joined, I didn't know anything about cars beyond crankshaft, spark, and gas. I've come a long way
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I love these:
Torin T43004 Aluminum Jack Stands - 3 Ton, 1 pair https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0007XTGCI..._60qSxbHYGGMB7
Not the cheapest, but strong and stable and easy to clean.
I have these jack stands. It's just the jack itself I don't trust, unless someone can give me a good reason to not like my jack stands.
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Here's an actually useful tip: don't use the forum search.
It is fifteen year old tech and useless.
Go to google and type:
Site:e46fanatics.com floor jack recommend
Way better than the built in search, thanks! That's also why I (and others) typically don't search. The data and products mentioned and prices and relevance has all changed
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Old 08-15-2016, 12:28 AM   #63
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If you warn them once and ban them after the 2nd infraction, it cuts down on a lot of that...
Why? Like, are you all so jaded that a new owner that loves his/her car with questions and enthusiasm and a gung ho attitude are an inconvenience? Like, are you all like "Dude, Google is your friend," in real life?

I mean, I can talk cars and engines with someone all day. Especially if it's about my 323, which I love. Do you not have at least a similar sort of outlook about your own beloved BMW? I mean, why else would you even be here?

Honestly, it kind of saddens me to even see this sort of attitude. Like, what is there to even complain about? Sure, ban people, and pretty soon this place is going to be a ghost town.

I bet there are even people who sign up to ask one single question and then they're never heard from again, right? Is that so horrible?

Sure, people are asking the same stuff over and over again, but guess what? The site is alive with an active user base.

And how many new people such as myself are going to come in and read this stuff and be all like, "Great, I'm an a**hole for wanting to ask a question."

Honestly, I thought this would be a great place to come and share my project and kick around some help and get some help. Can I share a secret? I know how to use a search function. That's how I found this site. Guess what though? I don't care. I want to deal with PEOPLE that share the same interests as me. If I wanted to use a robot, I wouldn't have signed up. Google works better anyway.
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Old 08-15-2016, 12:32 AM   #64
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Why? Like, are you all so jaded that a new owner that loves his/her car with questions and enthusiasm and a gung ho attitude are an inconvenience? Like, are you all like "Dude, Google is your friend," in real life?

I mean, I can talk cars and engines with someone all day. Especially if it's about my 323, which I love. Do you not have at least a similar sort of outlook about your own beloved BMW? I mean, why else would you even be here?

Honestly, it kind of saddens me to even see this sort of attitude. Like, what is there to even complain about? Sure, ban people, and pretty soon this place is going to be a ghost town.

I bet there are even people who sign up to ask one single question and then they're never heard from again, right? Is that so horrible?

Sure, people are asking the same stuff over and over again, but guess what? The site is alive with an active user base.

And how many new people such as myself are going to come in and read this stuff and be all like, "Great, I'm an a**hole for wanting to ask a question."

Honestly, I thought this would be a great place to come and share my project and kick around some help and get some help. Can I share a secret? I know how to use a search function. That's how I found this site. Guess what though? I don't care. I want to deal with PEOPLE that share the same interests as me. If I wanted to use a robot, I wouldn't have signed up. Google works better anyway.
You obviously haven't been on many car forums. They're equally great and terrible.

It's also just the nature of the internet: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Online...ibition_effect

Try to ignore the a**holes.
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Old 08-15-2016, 12:52 AM   #65
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Sorry, wasn't clear. I don't feel safe getting my car in the air to put it on the jack stands, which I do trust!
No problem. It always scares me when I hear someone saying that they're getting under car with just the jack supporting it.

I usually jack the car up, with a piece of wood between the jack and the car, from either the front of the subframe, or under the differential carrier. Then I put the jack stands under the jack pads and slowly lower the car. If I don't need to get under the car where the jack is, I pump it up once more while making sure there's enough weight on the stands that they won't budge. That way I have the extra safety of the jack, in addition to the stands.
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Old 08-15-2016, 01:25 AM   #66
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No problem. It always scares me when I hear someone saying that they're getting under car with just the jack supporting it.

I usually jack the car up, with a piece of wood between the jack and the car, from either the front of the subframe, or under the differential carrier. Then I put the jack stands under the jack pads and slowly lower the car. If I don't need to get under the car where the jack is, I pump it up once more while making sure there's enough weight on the stands that they won't budge. That way I have the extra safety of the jack, in addition to the stands.
Exactly what I was taught. I keep going to home Depot for a piece of wood for on top of my car jack, but then they say I should'nt and I feel stupid and leave
Because I didn't have wood, I slightly bent my rear subframe. It's caved in a wee bit
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A few pieces of cardboard will suffice as well. You just need something as a pad.
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Old 08-15-2016, 09:30 AM   #68
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Sorry, wasn't clear. I don't feel safe getting my car in the air to put it on the jack stands, which I do trust!

Actually I've been here for a almost 1.5years I think you've just started noticing me I haven't searched because I've been learning a lot and answering a lot of my own questions. When I joined, I didn't know anything about cars beyond crankshaft, spark, and gas. I've come a long way
No worries. It's great you've learned a lot! This cycle repeats itself though. We have new members who ask the most common questions, old timers (sometimes mods included) say search! Then those new members after a few years start joining the crowd that says "Search!" It's part of the natural cycle.

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Old 08-15-2016, 09:32 AM   #69
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Exactly what I was taught. I keep going to home Depot for a piece of wood for on top of my car jack, but then they say I should'nt and I feel stupid and leave
Because I didn't have wood, I slightly bent my rear subframe. It's caved in a wee bit
If you want to do something, do something. Never tell some monkey at home depot, autozone, etc. what you want to do with the custom piece/part you want to buy. Just tell them what you need and buy it. I've learned this in my time working on cars.

"Hi do you have _____?"

"Uh.. what do you need it for?"

"Do you have _____? "
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A few pieces of cardboard will suffice as well. You just need something as a pad.
Buy two of these. Perfect shape for the jack points and cheaper than wood!

A&R Sports Classic Ice Hockey Puck https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BPHES8W/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_wnDSxbMTMHEJY
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I was just driving my car and everything was fine. Then I get to work put the E brake on and kept it idle while I ran in to do something no more than 5 mins. So I go back to my car put the E brake down and start driving. It felt like there was a twisting near my rear axel. Then I put it in reverse and it was gone and I was able to drive again. Now my question is, can that be the E brake not disengaging or can that be something worse?

Found out what it was. It's the Ebrakes springs and all that stuff going out on me.
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No worries. It's great you've learned a lot! This cycle repeats itself though. We have new members who ask the most common questions, old timers (sometimes mods included) say search! Then those new members after a few years start joining the crowd that says "Search!" It's part of the natural cycle.

It's hard to remember everyone because there's just so many people. But usually good quality photo sigs help me remember those
Thanks, learning more with every night I stay up past 1AM on the forums, just sucking it all in. I'll be changing it soon but the quality standards will be high Photography is my passion so they need to be as good as any work I'd present to a client

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Buy two of these. Perfect shape for the jack points and cheaper than wood!

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Definitely buying those!
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Definitely buying those!
you could also just ask for the scrap pieces they have at HD or Lowes.
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Now that the E46 is getting up there in age, other than normal wear items, what might be the next level of components that we can expect to see failing?
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Now that the E46 is getting up there in age, other than normal wear items, what might be the next level of components that we can expect to see failing?
Will be interested to see if dashes commonly start cracking/warping or certain interior plastics start degrading in the next few years.

At least we don't have to worry about warped door panel inserts a la early E34...
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Will be interested to see if dashes commonly start cracking/warping or certain interior plastics start degrading in the next few years.

At least we don't have to worry about warped door panel inserts a la early E34...
The E46 is already old, the first ones were made nearly 20 years ago now. I doubt we'll see anything we haven't already. Materials quality had improved since earlier BMWs.

Haven't seen any problems with dashboards, and I don't think we will. Any interior plastics that would degrade already have. Pillars sag, the console pieces melt, etc.
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The E46 is already old, the first ones were made nearly 20 years ago now. I doubt we'll see anything we haven't already. Materials quality had improved since earlier BMWs.

Haven't seen any problems with dashboards, and I don't think we will. Any interior plastics that would degrade already have. Pillars sag, the console pieces melt, etc.
Yep! Our E46 history has already been locked and set in stone---10 years ago. Where were you 10 years ago?

My main concern would be 01+ subframes as people continue to clutch kick their aging, rusting cars with solid bushings and stuffed animals hanging at the rear at drift events. A lot of people are saying E46s are becoming "the new 240"

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Haven't seen any problems with dashboards, and I don't think we will. Any interior plastics that would degrade already have. Pillars sag, the console pieces melt, etc.
You're right. I doubt we will. Looking online, I wasn't able to find any examples of this. It would be happening on a few cars, at least. Someone in New Mexico or southern Texas would have posted about it by now.

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And sorry by *You* i didn't mean *You,* ORB. I meant the readers in general, particularly the one you were responding to
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Now that the E46 is getting up there in age, other than normal wear items, what might be the next level of components that we can expect to see failing?
I feel like the biggest headache will be when the electrics start to show their age :/
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