Well, I was going through O'Reilly for a DIN tool when I spotted this:
I'd planned on changing it anyway, and so I grabbed it. (first and last Fram product to go into the car-more on that later).
I figured the old one would be dirty, but....
Another pic for a better comparison:
The new filter works...but because it's not as flexible as the Motorcraft part, it was miserable getting it in there. Got all bunched up at one point.
The new one is nicer in that it has a foam ring around the edge, creating a 'seal' of sorts in the holder.
Peeking under the car, saw the oil pan and trans pan were covered in oil and gunk. Most of it looked to be old, but there were a few drops on the oil pan. Not sure if it's a fresh leak or not-the oil level hasn't changed in weeks, and there's no spots where ever I park. The valve cover gaskets were leaking a bit into the plug wells, but tightening them down seemed to have fixed that.
Noticed the drain bolt had a drop coming out. I cleaned the thing and figured I'll check it in a week or so to see if it's dirty/leaking again. It's about time to change the oil anyway.
clutch seems to be going out. Makes a noise when it's not engaged, and if you turn the car off with the A/C
on it makes a nasty noise as it locks up.
I'll pay someone to change that.
Probably have them swap the whole compressor out, since a new MC one is only 180.
It does look like the ball joints were all replaced at one point. That's good news.