TL;DR - I see a lot of "What's my problem" questions that lack needed information. I expected questions like "How do I do $x procedure on $y vehicle" or "I'm stuck trying to do $x and $y is what is happening"
- Is this site for people to get their cars fixed without consulting a mechanic in real life or is this site for hobbyist / professional mechanics?
- How are "undiagnosable" questions to be addressed?
- Are random guesses allowed as answers?
I haven't used this site much (I am not a newcomer to SE though). I'm seeing a lot of undiagnosable questions. What I mean by this is I'm seeing things like this question -
At slow speed one of my front tires on my 2000 Grand Am SE 4 door wobble, but feels fine at a higher rate of speed. Was told by a person at a tire store my tread is breaking loose and I need a new tire. Do you think this is the answer?
This user went to a tire store with a problem that absolutely needs to be visually confirmed, the store gave the user an answer "tread is breaking loose and I need a new tire" and the user came here to ask this question and did not provide a photo of the tread in question. In my eyes there is absolutely nothing anyone can say to this user other than "show us" and that seems to be grounds to flag the question to be closed. Am I correct in this thought?
Here's a similarly unanswerable quesiton -
I had the oil changed on my Kia Sedona 2006 about 8 weeks ago . After I left the repair shop the check engine light came on. They rest it but it came back on. I tried to DEQ my Sedona and it would not pass. I am told it is due to a vacuum leak! Any help would be greatly appreciated!
This user hasn't provided any worthwhile information like the actual code being thrown.
Here's another unanswerable question - This user had a noise of some sort and asked here about it, no one here is capable of determining anything at all from the description given.
Here's another - This user says "my car drives fine but when i come to a stop light or any stop it acts like it will stall but never does" and that's about the extent of the information provided. No vehicle make, model, year, nothing.
Here's another unanswerable question
EDIT: Here's a really good example of my underlying point -
What are some part numbers that I can cross reference for the compliance bushings (control arm bushing) for a 2007 Honda Odyssey?
The user is asking for information that is certainly not something any of us (even the most seasoned mechanic here) will have. It's simply something that needs to be researched. The user is essentially saying "Please Google around and compile a list of part numbers for me so that I don't have to spend my time doing it". The user is asking for someone else to spend time for them, not to share knowledge with them.
This -to me- seems absolutely unacceptable, I don't think it would fly on any community in all of StackExchange. But of course someone has answered it with an incomplete answer.
A lot of these questions have very useless answers on them. People are answering anyway with a totally speculative guess. Speculation and guessing are obviously required in this work but when you are essentially shooting in the dark you are doing something wrong.