Re: Things to do in the engine
Welcome to the good old days.
Seriously, on a modern car, there's so little to do unless you mod it. Regular maintenance beyond oil changes is pretty much a thing of the past. Even air filters go 20, 30, 40 thou plus and you'll forget how to do things it's been so long.
Back in the day, 30 years + ago when I learned how to do crap like gapping points and plugs, jetting and rebuilding carbs, lashing the valvetrain, greasing the chassis, packing wheel bearings, decarbonising engines, replacing exhaust, shocks, springs, etc. etc. etc. this kind of thing was required. Car's were as durable as a kleenex box in a car crusher.
People today get to just plain enjoy the cars and don't really even have to get dirty anymore. Trust me, I ain't lamenting the loss of all that filthy work, I have a very real and practical view of these things.
please don't mess around if you don't know what you're doing underhood. You'll create problems where none exist. Just wash it and keep it looking new and enjoy the ride. You can do little stuff like putting hood struts on or a shifter bracket in with minimum risk and that'll improve things and only require basic hand tools.