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What do you do when you can't get high or level enough

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To change the atf?

 

The mechanic I use I on holiday for 2 weeks and I can't it (530d estate) high or level enough to change it....is there a way round it I can't think of.

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Blocks of wood, that's how I made mine level on my yard as is slopes 2 ways, I did have the luxury of 4 axle stands and a jack that lifts 2.5t 520mm in the air.

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You're right, when I asked I thought about that, I've got 2 axles, will get another 2 and my jack lifts about the same height got a few bits wood lying about. The only now is the level bolt on mine seems to be a smallish Allen bolt and not the 17mm hex that I've been watching on vids, I just hope it loosens.

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It should be an allen key, 8 or 9mm, don't put a smaller one in or do my trick, I looked and swore blind it looked like a torx bit and managed to strip it, luckily my local BMW specialist after taking the piss got it out after we dropped the exhaust so he could hammer in allen key and get it out.

Just don't take the plug out unless the engines running :)

 

I have jack pad adapters that fit into the jacking points, this makes it very secure on the stands. I left the jacks under the front middle jacking point and another under the diff with a bit of load for extra security and some wood near the sills as I would rather trash the sills than get crushed.

 

To be fair the car was rock solid on the stands anyway.

 

Big spirit level front to back jacking points and another across the front of the engine bay and I was happy enough.

 

 

Edited by GoNz0

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2 hours ago, GoNz0 said:

It should be an allen key, 8 or 9mm, don't put a smaller one in or do my trick, I looked and swore blind it looked like a torx bit and managed to strip it, luckily my local BMW specialist after taking the piss got it out after we dropped the exhaust so he could hammer in allen key and get it out.

Just don't take the plug out unless the engines running :)

 

I have jack pad adapters that fit into the jacking points, this makes it very secure on the stands. I left the jacks under the front middle jacking point and another under the diff with a bit of load for extra security and some wood near the sills as I would rather trash the sills than get crushed.

 

To be fair the car was rock solid on the stands anyway.

 

Big spirit level front to back jacking points and another across the front of the engine bay and I was happy enough.

 

 

 

Sounds fine to me

 

She was mad because I said I'd get another 2 axles and have 1 each corner so I could get under it, her drive (mono) slants so I'd obviously need it higher at one side. I think what gets her (and me) I hate doing things outside as nobody else does and makes me bloody paranoid and get angry a lot.

 

I said that's why they make them (axles) so folk like me can get under and do stuff...it's caused quite a row

 

1 hour ago, Clavurion said:

What's the rush for this task if you are considering these problems just because your mechanic is on a holiday for a few weeks?

 

None I was only going to do it, he said the same ie get another 2 axles and do it myself...it's annoying me that all I need to do is get a bloody thing a bit higher and level and top up if necessary that's all...is that ok with you?!

 

Edited by Ian9

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7 minutes ago, Ian9 said:

None I was only going to do it, he said the same ie get another 2 axles and do it myself...it's annoying me that all I need to do is get a bloody thing a bit higher and level and top up if necessary that's all...is that ok with you?!

 

No worries. :rolleyes:

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