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How this site should be used; whether a given subject is on topic, etc.

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Should Tire Sidewall Damage Questions be considered “Opinion” based?

Over the past several years we have had a LOT of questions concerning sidewall damage. There is even a tag for it: sidewall-damage ... The thing about sidewall damage is, it depends on who you ask as ...
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Are automotive engineering question on-topic?

I wanted to ask "is there a technical reason why an electric vehicle could not be made with a manual transmission (stick-shift)?" - would this question be on-topic? This site feels like the closest ...
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Can modifications be included in the title for this site?

I believe more viewers would be drawn to this site if you added modifications in the title. How is a decision like this made? Motor Vehicle Maintenance, Repair & Modifications. Are vehicle ...
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Could autonomous vehicles be on topic?

A proposal for a new site has appeared on Area51 - Autonomous Vehicles. Its rationale being: Proposed Q&A site for professional, amateurs and enthusiasts engaged and interested in the ...
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Is it on-topic to ask about identification of a specific equipment shown in a picture?

is it on-topic to ask for the identification of a specific equipment shown in a picture? In my case I've a model wearing a motorbike helmet. I would like to know which exact product he's wearing. ...
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Does this Question Pass Muster?

I'm looking at this question which asks us to find them a manual online. Should it be allowed on the site? My feeling is no, but I want your opinion.
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Are questions about the longevity of a particular make/model on topic?

I am considering purchasing a high mileage car and thought about asking if this particular make/model/year is generally known to last more than X miles. Would that type of question be on topic here?
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Motor vehicles include a lot more than cars, trucks and motorcycles

When I first saw this forum "Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair", being a pilot, I immediately thought, great, can I ask about user maintenance on the Lycoming engine in my plane? Nope, reading ...
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Are Construction/Design Questions Offtopic?

I see a few question that stray from "Maintenance & Repair" on this site, but I am unsure how far that goes. What about DIY construction/Design? Sorry about the multiple postings, I did not ...
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Are Non-Vehicle Questions Off-Topic? Suggestion for Similar Communities?

Looking around it seems you allow non-("cars, trucks, and motorcycles") motor vehicle questions. But what about other mechanic problems that are related to non-vehicles? For example lawn mowers, weed ...
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To clarify: Is heavy machinery on-topic here?

I'm currently rebuilding the engine on a John Deere 690B excavator. I've come across a few questions that I'd like to ask, but I'm seeing conflicting reports on what's on-topic here. Your help center ...
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Are electric cars on topic here?

We've determined that small engines are on topic. Also, that Remote Control cars are off topic. However, with the advent of the Tesla, the Ford Focus Electric, the Chevrolet Volt, etc., one has to ...
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Finding helpful vehicle specific communities

Most of my vehicle "wrenching/hacking" has been on SAAB and VW cars and part of what has made it possible and pleasurable has been finding "real" and online communities that are knowledgable, helpful, ...
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Is a question about car design and associated regulations off-topic?

I have a question about the rationales of some car dashboard design. Is this on topic? I saw that there is a tag for dashboard and for car-design, which would nicely match my question. The question ...
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What is our stance on questions about asking about datasets?

What is our stance on questions about asking about datasets? Are they on-topic or off-topic? Example: Subject: Dataset of cars with required steering effort I am looking for a data set ...
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Would questions about car washing or detailing be on-topic?

As the title. I took a look at the tags and didn't see one for it that I could find. While washing motor vehicles does tend to be a bit more unique than washing other things, it's not really dealing ...
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Would it be an off topic question to ask some details about car crash test?

I have seen some car crash test videos and have observed few common aspects in all and curious to know about it. I tried to Google but could not get a suitable result and hence thought of asking this ...
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Motorcycle questions referred over from bicycles.se

With respect to this question https://bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/38695/why-do-some-2-wheelers-have-an-attachment-to-their-fork Its definitely off topic for the Bicycles.SE site. motorcycles....
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Close vote reasons

When voting to close a question, you can add a custom reason, or use one of these: Questions seeking price-shopping assistance are off-topic because they tend to become obsolete quickly. Instead, ...
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Are RC cars on topic on this site?

I've wanted to build a small remote control car with a Raspberry Pi and a wireless controller to control it for a while now as a fun little computing project, maybe something like this but bigger and ...
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Are questions in regards to air ride allowed?

Are questions in regards to air ride fabrication allowed? Such as, what degree of tolerance should you allow at full ride height when using an air ride suspension? After searching through the tags I ...
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Would this question be off topic?

I'm planning on building a 4 wheeled ATV. I'm going to buy a frame. It will be about the size of a small Razor, if your familiar with those. I want to build the question around the rear end. It ...
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Are questions on security of embedded systems on topic here?

Several years ago I read a paper about some smaller American university that used a (self-developed, IIRC) CAN bus fuzzer on a US middle class car. In the lab / garage they found that they could ...
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Are electronic vehicle accessories questions on topic?

Question If I ask a question about an electronic vehicle accessory would the question be on topic? Example Question How do I open an app with the Kinivo BTC455 Bluetooth adapter?* Example car ...
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Let's make a question template for repair-quote consultation

Motivation Many moons ago, I took my vehicle to the dealership to diagnose an electrical gremlin. They recommended a rather expensive repair - replace the fuel pump - which did not fix the issue at ...
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Can I ask “how to learn, what car to buy” question here?

I need to buy a new car since my old broke down and I have no idea of car mechanics. As I also have very few knowledge of cars in general I would like to learn the proper questions that I need to ask ...
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Should Radio/Audio questions be off-topic?

Rory had said he would mark this question as off-topic: Radio stops playing when I change volume There have been questions answered about audio in the past ... I'm not seeing as why this is off ...
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Should questions about flat rate time be off-topic?

I was about to answer the following question, and still will once I get more info from the OP. However it makes me consider if this type of question should be on topic. How many book hours would it ...
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Are questions asking to identify particular motor vehicle on topic here?

Since you're focused on engines, maintenance and repair -- probably not, but I'd like to clarify. I'd like to post a photo of a car, I spotted and ask, what kind of vehicle is this (manufacturer ...
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Trivia questions

Are trivia questions off topic? This newest question about BMW cruise control led me to wonder.
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Are legislation based questions on topic?

We've had a few questions on legislation based issues, such as this recent one: https://mechanics.stackexchange.com/questions/11903/is-pre-1975-california-smog-exemption-established-by-vin-only I ...
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Are questions about aftermarket modifications on topic?

As the title, are questions about aftermarket modifications on topic for this site? I'd like to think they are, since the vast majority of aftermarket modifications require mechanical know-how. Also, ...
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Are questions about automotive history on topic?

Most of the questions here are "my current car is broken?". I was wondering about including questions about automotive history. Things like "What are the key differences between a model A and Model T ...
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Would the community welcome questions on Small engine repair and maintenance

There is an Area 51 Proposal for Small engine repair and maintenance I feel like the the questions currently listed would be on topic here. I left gas in my Toro mower over the winter, how do I get ...
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Would it be off topic to ask about manufacturer's warrantees?

I'd like to post the following question, but I'm not sure if it would be considered off topic or not, so I'm putting it here first to see and if I get the thumbs up will post on main: I'm looking ...
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Should this site be broadened to “Mechanical Maintenance and Repair”?

One of the choices made in the design of stackoverflow was to unite all programming languages in one Q&A site. The reasons, as I understood them, were the following: programmers often have ...
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Are questions about usage of entertainment system features on-topic?

My car has an entertainment system which includes the ability to display pictures alongside the media information. I'd like to know what the limitations on file size and/or image dimensions are for ...
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Is a question about the locomotion of Curiosity (the Mars rover) on-topic?

I was going to ask what the primary reason is that Curiosity is so slow... is that on-topic here? (If not, any ideas if any SE site is suitable for it?)
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Why I think this site won't succeed

According to this post by Joel Spolsky from March 2011: We are trying to attract professional vehicle maintenance experts to a site which, like Stack Overflow, has deep, highly technical ...
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Is this more off-topic, “too localized”, or equal parts of both?

I voted to close OBD2 protocol in trucks for being off-topic, but it was a coin toss. Is one or the other preferred in situations like this? I suppose you could argue either way on Car electronics, ...
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I'm thinking this is an off-topic question: opinions?

This question is very similar to another that is currently closed as off-topic: Is engine braking harmful? I've engaged with the discussion a little more than a I should and, while I think it has ...
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Should the FAQ focus a bit less exclusively on engines?

When asking my question Sound system volume fades in/out erratically I was a bit unsure if this site was suitable due to a missmatch between the FAQ (emphasis mine) Questions related to the ...
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Are part numbers on topic?

It's easier to locate parts if you have the manufacturer's part number, especially discontinued parts. I know of only two ways to get my hands on part numbers, enthusiast sites and dealer parts ...
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Discontinued Parts?

It's harder to fix a vehicle if you can't get the parts you need. Should there be an exception to the "shopping rule" for discontinued / hard to find / NOS parts? Update I'm talking about ...
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Are vehicle modifications within scope?

Clearly the title says "Maintenance and Repair". Would it be reasonable to include in this scope 'modifications', which are technically neither 'maintaining' or 'repairing' a vehicle?
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Are questions relating to the private party sale of vehicles on-topic?

I'm trying to sell my old car and have some questions about some aspects of it, are those questions on topic? They obviously are dependent on where I live (both country and state), which mean they'...
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Is tractor maintenance on-topic?

There's a related meta question (Are small engines on topic?), but that's more about small engines. How about questions on maintenance of compact tractors (not lawn tractors -- I'm thinking about >20-...
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Are Tools related questions off topic?

Are Tools related questions off topic? I think there are varying levels of tool questions and some will be suitable and some won't be. The original question I was going to ask, but thought twice about ...
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On Topic? Tips for finding a good mechanic

This question "Tips for finding a good mechanic" was flagged as off-topic. I have decided to leave it open, at least tentatively until I get some community feedback here. I think this is a good ...
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Are small engines on topic?

Are small engines such as found in many lawn care tools on topic? Lawn Mowers (Push and Riding) Back pack blowers Weed eaters Tractors (not so small)