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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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does the ban on buying advice apply on mechanics?

I know on other *.stackexchange sites, buying advice is strongly discouraged. Installing Xenon headlights in 2004 Chrysler Sebring I looked through the faq for mechanics and did not see that same ...
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Regarding off-topic questions and the divide between “mechanics” and “motor vehicles.”

There have been a lot of questions regarding "Are XYZ questions on-topic for this site?" When this beta first started, the sub-domain was "garage" and now it's "mechanics." A bicycle mechanic ...
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Are boat trailers on-topic for this site?

For example, how to wire a boat trailer so it will tolerate salt water, or replacing hub bearings. There's no motor, but this is closely related to what you find in a car.
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Are RVs in the scope of this site?

I have an older motorhome that I want to maintain myself. Are questions about that vehicle appropriate for Mechanics SE? Here are some examples to consider: Why don't my house batteries get charged ...
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Making a site for professionals

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 ...
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Are driving questions on-topic?

Is this site specifically for maintenance and repair, or are we going to allow questions about driving practices?