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Inspecting the engine

I've been nervous about doing this, but it was time. Most of the interior fixes are done or are WIP. So I took a quick peek under the hood. It's about as I expected. Its rather dirty. A decent layer of grime covers just about everything. Happily I didn't see any signs of a massive oil leak.

There are signs of an oil leak around the valve covers though. Not the end of the world. It'll be a pain to fix if I chose to fix it, but that's about all I could see with a quick peek. None of the various hoses appeared to be in bad shape. No bulges, overly soft, or split ends. It didn't look like any of the hose clamps were on too tight either. The caveat of course is that I'm no pro. I'm a shade tree mechanic that has gotten way in over his head before...

I did want to take a look at the air filter. I think this is a FRAM, and while it's not holding onto enough dirt to root Groot, it's still fairly dirty. It's hard to see in the image, but the pleats are about 1/4 full of packed dirt and debris. With the mini inspection done, some simple maintenance parts have been ordered up. The next step will be to give the engine a real good wash. I don't mind working on dirty cars, but working on something clean or even sorta clean is way better.

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