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Would it be helpful to show a mechanical skill level field for each individual as a profile field on Caddyinfo?

My idea is this would be a field similar to the car model/year where people could self-identify their automobile repair expertise, maybe from a drop down list?

Ideas:

Skill: Oil Changes Only

Skill: Shadetree Mechanic

Skill: Mechanic

Skill: Certified GM Mechanic

Bruce

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Sounds OK to me although considering the tech who botched the first Timesert on my '97 STS (for the previous owner), I'm not sure If I'd rate "Certified GM mechanic" at the top of the list. :lol:

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Also I am interested to hear if you think it is a good add, if you feel it should be open, free-format or if you would prefer it was a drop-down box of choices, or a Mix of the two.

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I would not know how to classify myself. DIYer - missed his calling, went to college for Finance instead of Vo Tech for Auto Mechanics? :lol:

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Also I am interested to hear if you think it is a good add, if you feel it should be open, free-format or if you would prefer it was a drop-down box of choices, or a Mix of the two.

My opinion is that it should be an optional field with a drop down list of choices.

Kevin
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'05 Deville
'04 Deville
2013 Silverado Z71

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I think that people will rate themselves higher then they actually are.

subsequently some will rate themselves lower then they actually are.

Some are modest when they have every right not to be.

Some are not modest when they have the obligation to be just that.

If you are in complete control..... you are not going fast enough....

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I think that rating ourselves could be problematic. I mean I liked Scotty being referred to as Chief Engineer, but heck, he was! Maybe we should rate each other. :lol:

Pre-1995 - DTC codes OBD1  >>

1996 and newer - DTC codes OBD2 >> https://www.obd-codes.com/trouble_codes/gm/obd_codes.htm

How to check for codes Caddyinfo How To Technical Archive >> http://www.caddyinfo.com/wordpress/cadillac-how-to-faq/

Cadillac History & Specifications Year by Year  http://www.motorera.com/cadillac/index.htm

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I think the only way to remove "judgment", personal or someone else's is a check list. If you check this , that and the other you are put in this category. If you only check this, then you go in that category. What you check would be based on repairs that you have performed.

On the other hand, who cares if you have performed a repair or not, as long as you can tell me how to do it. I know how to change a Northstar water pump (didn't before I came here) and have even fabricated the tool to do it, though (thankfully) I have yet to have the need to do the job. To answer the original question of whether it would be helpful or not, I don't know. I'd probably lean towards no. That is not to say it is a bad idea, just the other side of the coin.

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on some diy home improvment shows each task is rated by difficulty from 1 to 5 hammers

if the tasks were rated then each individual could decide wether or not to takle the project.

That's a good idea; when people post nice how-to articles as BBF did recently, they can address difficulty.

I was just thinking that if you got 5 replies with advice, and 2 came from experienced mechanics, 3 came from nonmechanics, you might know to try the mechanic ideas first.

On the other hand, some problems recur so often that I can write articles on HOW to fix them, even though it would be better for me personally not to TRY to fix them :lol:

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