Lack of fuel pressure is a prime cause for hot-start problems.

To date, I've repeated this message in 5 different answers.

I'm not sure a canonical answer would work here since every vehicle will have its own unique circumstances. But at the same time I find this recycling of the same information far from streamlined.

What should be done here? A few ideas:

  1. Create a canonical Q&A for hot-start problems

    I'm reluctant to do this because I don't want people to think that insufficient fuel pressure is the only possible root cause.

  2. Let the status quo be

    But I feel that this is against the spirit of Stack Exchange.

  3. Link to an existing answer

    This is what I'm sort of doing right now.


My opinion is that where we can use exactly the same answer for a number of questions we have two options:

  • we close as duplicate. This is what we currently do. It works, and fits in with the SE framework, but can end up a wee bit messy if there are lots of questions, or if they don't quite fit.
  • create a canonical answer (or update the dupe target) in order to fit all (or most) instances of that question type.

I'd suggest the second option is appropriate where we see a high number of questions with the same general answer. This has worked well on other sites (eg this question on rolling your own crypto on Security Stack Exchange)

  • I guess what I (or someone else) could do is post a generic Q&A like "What is a hot-start problem and what could cause it?" and treat this as the quasi-canonical and link it in vehicle-specific answers. That way if additional vehicle-specific information is to be addressed, it can be done in the answer to the vehicle-specific question.
    – Zaid
    Mar 23 '17 at 11:20
  • @Zaid I feel like this sorta opens up a new question. it would be nice if that one meta mechanics.meta.stackexchange.com/q/1460/22368 could be broken out into a bunch of mod approved, super generic questions so that we had a starting point for all the "I have common problem X." Akin to a sticky'd thread on a differently formatted forum
    – Zshoulders
    Mar 27 '17 at 17:54

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