There are already a million places on the internet where you can type simple car maintenance questions and get a bunch of teenagers telling you some random nonsense that they have no reason to know the answer to (Yahoo!Answers anyone?)
If we fill up the private beta with questions like
- How do I remove a dent from my car
- How often should I change my oil
- Should I use the brakes or low gear on downhills
this site will drive away people with real knowledge of auto mechanics--the exact population we need to make a great site.
For those of you who wandered in here from Stack Overflow, think about what would have happened if Stack Overflow filled up with people asking how to get on The Facebook and "My Internet Is Broken". The programmers would have fled and the site would have been useless.
mechanics.stackexchange.com is a site for people who repair vehicles. It's not Car Talk and it's not Yahoo Answers. Don't ask questions here (especially during the private beta) that will scare away the real experts who will make this a great, professional resource.
I would go so far as to say, don't even ask questions about "your" car. Ask questions about a "1996 Honda Civic with 75,000 miles in good shape that has had the engine rebuilt."
EDIT: I should be clear that everyone is welcome on the site, but the intent is to make a site with high-level questions, not simple, basic questions that are already answered in a million places on the Internet. You don't have to be a professional auto-mechanic to participate, but you do have to be committed to learning more and the subject matter should be limited to non-introductory questions.