Engine air filter install verification
I decided I wanted to have a baseline so I'm making my 35k a pseudo 30k by replacing filters. The installed filter was a Purolator A45650 which actually looks a bit better quality than the Toyota filter. It has a few more pleats and a rubber gasket. I replaced it with the OEM Toyota/Lexus 17801-AD010 that has no rubber gasket. The directions I found online that helped me get out the old filter has you release the hinges on the back left corner which gives you more clearance. Getting them loose requires as much fiddling as getting the lid back on, especially the hinges set right.
So, I get everything back in line and clip the lid down. Everything looks straight, but now I can see white in the front left corner (looking down from in front) and white down the left seam from a low angle perspective. (see picture) Does this look right?
If it is right, couldn't that allow for air to come in there above the filter element? I'm figuring that the black gasket on the other filter kept me from noticing, but I want to be sure something isn't messed up, either by me or by having had that filter with a gasket installed.