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Open or remove the engine cowling and inspect the unit for the condition of incoming controls and fuel lines. Inspect the carburetor and gasket. Check the intake and exhaust manifolds for leaks and general condition. Make sure that necessary parts such as the magnetos, starter, alternator, oil sump, fuel pump, and carburetor are attached securely and in good condition, with no loose components. Then inspect the propeller and hub for cracks and nicks, especially on the leading edge. Make sure the prop is securely mounted. Check the brakes and connection lines to make sure they’re in good condition and secure. Inspect the tires for damage, wear, and proper air pressure.
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