These are just the very basic of things, the more information you can supply the better your results can be.
1. Use the search facility within this forum as your problem may have already be discussed in the past. Read on to find out how to use the search tool.
1a. If your search failed to yeild any suitable answers, please post your question in the most appropriate section of the forum. In order to get the best chance of a reply, initally navigate your way to the correct section
of the forum for your question. To help you do this, please read all the titles in full, along with any sub headings that may apply.
This forum is divided in to sections for each make and model of car. Please post in the correct section. The Chat - General Car Chat - Except VAG Group Cars and the Chat - Completely off topic are the wrong sections to use. If you post in these sections your post will likely be moved or deleted.
To post a new thread, you will see the 'Post New Thread' button
Once you have clicked on the button you will be taken to the editor screen where you can type away to your hearts content.
2. When posting about your problem, supply the very basic of initial details.
- make of car e.g. Audi / VW
- model of car e.g. A3 / Golf
- spec of car e.g. B5 / MK4
- engine size e.g. 1.4 / 2.0
- fuel e.g. petrol / derv
- year of car e.g. 2004
- reg of car e.g. x / y / 53 / 54
- the engine code if possible (it maybe 3 letters) e.g ABZ
This may seem a lot but as an example, my car (at the time of typing this) was the following - 2004, 53 golf mk5 GT TDI, this covers everything bar the engine code.
3. Tell us about your problem, Give as much info as you can, if its a rattle, knock, sound, vibration, leak or anything, what does it sound like? metal on metal? where does it sound like its coming from? in the dash? front or rear? left or right? When does it occur? in motion? at speed? under braking / acceleration? cornering?
4. USE PUNCTUATION, commas, full stops etc. It makes your post easier to read.
4a. Use words in the correct context. A common error is with 'advice' and 'advise'. When posting your question, you will be asking for advice or you will be given advice. e.g. "i will give you the following advice....." Or "I'm advising you do this..." It's basic English.
5. DO NOT use txt spk (text speak), this does not look good or 'grown up', please type in English. There are few accepted exceptions
- lol - laugh out loud
- imo - in my opinion
- imho - in my humble/honest opinion
- hth - hope this helps
- ttfn - ta ta for now
- swimbo - she who must be obeyed
- o/h - other half
- afair - as far as i recall
- iirc - if i recall correctly
Continued use of text speak may result in an infraction or a ban.
6. Use smilies, they help convey tone of voice and your emotions which is very difficult to do in text. Also they are more friendly. Try not to be rude, this will work against you. MANNERS COST NOTHING, please and thank you go along way.
7. If you can, use photos or video, many people on here use photobucket to host their images as its free and very easy and quick to use (others are available like Picasa
) how to use Photobucket
8. This is not a school and you'll not be marked down for spelling.
However there is NO excuse for misspelling the most basic of words.
9. Please try not to get frustrated if no one has replied to your post straight away, members have jobs and families, so allow at least 24 - 36 hrs before bumping your post. But please, do NOT make multiple posts of th same query again and again.