what is this needed for?

doing an oil filter change on my rover p6 and became aware the 'tube and plate' fixed to lower Chassis under filter seems to serve no purpose ! so wondering if I should simply cut it away for better access and ease of filter changes in future. Anybody aware why this was in fact fitted by Rover in first place? has anybody else removed ?
I am assuming it may be a form of guard to protect oil filter? can't see it having much effect on cooling.

Phil Robson

Well-Known Member
If you fit a correct size V8 filter, it's relatively easy, but a '2000' filter is significantly longer but will fit with patience!