Engineering and Design are two different disciplines that seem to rarely intersect, but I was pleasantly surprised tonight to find such a confluence in my garage. My wife has a a 2006 Jeep Liberty CRD. The time has come for its first oil and filter change, so I crawled under and found what you see above.
Finally, some engineer that designs engines actually changes their own oil! Take a look at what you see above. What a refreshing thing to find! At first I saw a huge skid plate covering the oil pan and I groaned, imagining having to remove the plate via a bunch of bolts to get at the drain plug and then dig goodness knows how deep to find the filter. But as I crawled further back I found behind the skid plate a nice tight package of the oil drain bolt and filter, sitting right next to each other.
It was a simple drain, and very clean since I could put the drain pan in one spot and get both the oil drain and filter out at one time.
This engine, though sold by Jeep, a division of Daimler-Chrysler is neither American or German engineered… it is Italian(!)
So whomever that Italian engineer might be, my hat is off to you! Thanks!