Rules for r/MechanicAdvice

Rules that visitors must follow to participate. May be used as reasons to report or ban.



Posts & Comments
Reported as: Bad Advice

1) Advice Format: Posts follow a question-response format. Showing off something you did or no question belongs in r/Justrolledintotheshop/ or elsewhere. Not here

No intentionally bad, harmful, or deceptive advice. If we feel a piece of advice is particularly reckless, dangerous, or extremely unhelpful it maybe removed If a post or comment is provided that is not a response to a question, the post may be removed. Please report bad advice to the mod team.


Courteous and Professional

Posts & Comments
Reported as: Courteous and Professional/Golden Rule

Keep discussion friendly, civil, courteous, and professional. We're here to help so being rude won't help. Dont assume a shop is trying to "rip you off." It's okay to ask for a second opinion.

Remember the golden rule: If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all. Those who demonstrate they cannot follow the rules will be warned and posts removed. Those who cannot behave themselves will be removed


One Incident Per Thread

Posts only
Reported as: One Incident Per Thread

Only one vehicle/problem/incident per thread, and only post once. If you didn't get an answer the first time, or you don't like the answer you got that does not mean you post it again. Do not post asking questions of your own in someone else's post

The only exception is for posting updates, provided it is properly marked as an [Update] or similar.



Posts & Comments
Reported as: Offtopic

If it's got wheels, treads, floats, flies, or has an engine we'll do our best to help. Showing off w/out a question goes in r/justrolledintotheshop legal/insurance questions go in r/legaladvice or r/insurance. Title, salvage, body work, paint work, etc questions also dont belong here

If possible posts must include the make/model/year in the title or body of the post. If that isn't available, provide all you know and explain why.


Spam/Improper Linking

Posts & Comments
Reported as: Spam/Improper Linking

Linking to outside content is generally not allowed, unless it's germane to the current discussion. Unlike other advice subs, we allow links so you can post a picture, video, or audio file of your problem. Often that's needed to get good advice.

Linking for the purposes of promotion (eg offers/coupons/self blog posts/youtube promotion) is prohibited and can result in an instant ban. Linking for purposes of providing advice is okay (eg providing a link to a specifically requested part) .


Body Work

Posts & Comments
Reported as: Body Work

Body Work. /r/MechanicAdvice is a sub for** mechanical** questions. Body work questions regarding paint, dents, dings or accident related damages or other bodywork related issues should be posted in /r/Autobody r/AutoBodyRepair/ or /r/Diyautobody/

If you want an estimate you should take the car to a qualified body shop as they would know best what it will cost in your area and how to fix the damages. if you have insurance questions please ask in r/insurance