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Transmission level or vehicle level?

I recently changed the transmission fluid (filter and torque converter) in my 2008 ML 320 CDI. I had to jack up the rear end more than the front end to get the transmission pan level. It was level side-to-side. Was this the correct thing to do?
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The truck needs to be on a very level surface along with the correct temperature of the fluid to measure it correctly.
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The truck needs to be on a very level surface along with the correct temperature of the fluid to measure it correctly.
Thanks. The reason I asked the question is that I have seen several references to making sure the transmission pan is level. Like I said, I leveled the bottom of the transmission pan, which meant I had to raise the rear end a bit. I am not overly concerned, however, as I measured the liters that drained out of the transmission and the torque converter, allowed for a little caught up in the filter and the stuck to the drain pans, totaling almost exactly 8 liters. I added 9 liters, started the engine, ran it through all 7 gears and reverse for 5 seconds per gear, 3 times. I measured the overflow after 113 F was reached and it came to almost exactly 1 liter.

Next time (I'll change it again at least 1 more time) I will not jack up the back end.
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Glad you got the temps correct and drained off the excess. Your tranny will thank you for years to come.
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