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Old 09-25-2014, 10:17 PM   #1
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Level car for ATF change.

If you don't have access to a perfectly flat driveway or access to a lift. How do you make sure the car is level? Would a level straight-edge on the door sills an accurate way to check?
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Old 09-25-2014, 10:19 PM   #2
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I used jack stands to make it perfectly level and checked with a spirit level
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This 323 would most likely handle and drive better than a stock e46 m3.
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Old 09-25-2014, 10:23 PM   #3
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I used jack stands to make it perfectly level and checked with a spirit level
Where would you place the level on?
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I put it against the bottom line of the 2 doors (sedan) and on the peak of the roof
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Old 09-25-2014, 10:40 PM   #5
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I put mine on the foot of the door jamb
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I put mine on the foot of the door jamb
Maybe also the black trim along the doors
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I put mine on the foot of the door jamb
A.k.a the door sills? Is it confirm that the door sills are level?
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I downloaded a leveler app and placed my phone dead center on the roof and also at roughly the same center on the floor for verification.
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Old 09-26-2014, 12:11 AM   #9
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A.k.a the door sills? Is it confirm that the door sills are level?
by door jamb I mean the bottom of the opening where your door closes. There's plenty of space to place a level. Get it relatively level, I doubt a degree off will hurt your refill but I'm texan.. so not into precise measurements. If it looks level enough go with it
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I put a small level on the underside of the tranny pan, that's what you are trying to get level right?

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I put a small level on the underside of the tranny pan, that's what you are trying to get level right?
Good point.

For a manual driver that might find this thread, you could put it on the drain bolt for the transmission.
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Old 09-26-2014, 09:28 AM   #12
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I put a small level on the underside of the tranny pan, that's what you are trying to get level right?
The procedure is to jack the vehicle to a level state. You will probably drain fine leveling at the pan but for a DIY four corner lift with jack stands it would seem easier to level from the door jamb. Less time crawling under the car then crawling out to make adjustments.
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Just eyeball it. It doesn't need to be absolutely perfect. Make sure it's a level surface, then try and get the jack stands on the same notches. Don't worry about it too much. As long as it's not obviously tilted far in one direction, you're not going to make a massive difference by changing 1-2 degrees.
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