Few updates to make, since it's been a little while.....
Haven't been spending much time on the car because I've been too busy working on a house we just bought. Included in that is the work area I made, which I'm quite proud of having zero woodworking experience and only some basic tools + mitre saw.
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Next, I figured those of you who aren't used to how much damage the saline solution that us Northerners put on our roads can cause would appreciate this. My wife called on her way home, saying it sounded like rocks were bouncing around her wheel well. Figuring she wasn't describing it perfectly, I assumed a strut had blown.......
"Well, there's your problem."
Replaced the bracket and the strut while I was there - super simple, but I was amazed the bracket died before the strut, then I remembered where we live.
Next, I've officially had to do my first real "repair" on the car. 5.8 years, 134k miles, and my serpentine belt exploded on me while on the highway. Thankfully I was only about a mile from home - $22 and about half an hour later, good to go!
Finally, I had a chance for the first time in a couple years, to spend an entire day on the car.
....But of course it's going to rain the next few days