Perhaps the current seperate oilpan reservoir and oil filter could be replaced by a disposable assembly? An easily accesible and replacible plastic reservoir and integral filter c/w oil would make oil changes as easy as changing the air filter. Picture a module approx the size on a 7 liter oil jug, that snaps in place like a BRITA water filter on your kitchen water tap. Better placement and utilization of the motors oilpump should permit the component to be elvated near the top of the engine compartment for easy access. An integral unit would save the vehicle owners hundreds of dollars doing oil changes themselves, hours of waiting at oil change shops, reduce vehicle weight , and Ford could better compete with FRAM and Exxon in the oil and filter replacement business. The used module could be returned for recylcing as a Green initiative. While your designing it, through in a \\\'oil change indicator\\\' that woud measure Viscosity and Particulates, replacing the traditional \\\'mileage change\\\', and reducing needless oil changes, saving the owner more money and better protecting the engine.
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