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I was wondering if there was a reason for or a work around to searching for three letter words on the forums. Whenever I want to search for a MAF issue it wont search for MAF and the error I get is "The search could not be completed because the search keywords were too short, too long, or too common" If I search for MAF Problem it will only search the word Problem and I get results for every-time someone typed problem on the forum. Recently I'm trying to figure out why there is oil in my intake manifold. If I type in "Oil Intake Manifold" it will only search for Intake Manifold and leave out Oil which is a very important part of the search.

Why is this search function omitting three letter words, can that be fixed or is there a work around?

Thanks for your time!
 


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My solution is to always use Google... Be creative with your search terms.
 

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I typed in mass air flow sensor and got several returns.
 
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A lot of search algorithms just ignore all three letter words because including them skews results.
 

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Use quotes

"MAF sensor"

And you can refine it a bit for a problem, i.e. "MAF sensor" + "dies" change dies to stumbles or ??, but use the quotes

The + should only find posts with BOTH MAF sensor and dies in the title or body


Personally I just use Google and start with: ranger station (insert search words here) and it usually gets me the posts I am looking for
 

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If you add "site:therangerstation.com" to your Google search it will explicitly exclude non TRS results.
 

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Some of us still prefer to use an on-site search engine rather than a third party like Google, as the on-site search allows more customization of searches (searching "in titles only", in specific forum sections, or by username, for example), and generally searches the forum more thoroughly. I'm sure a setting exists for this, though Jim would have to look into it.
In spite of this, the search on the new forum does seem way better than the vBulletin one which would always search for "any" search terms regardless of how you phrased it, rather than "all" search terms.
 

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Some of us still prefer to use an on-site search engine rather than a third party like Google, as the on-site search allows more customization of searches (searching "in titles only", in specific forum sections, or by username, for example), and generally searches the forum more thoroughly. I'm sure a setting exists for this, though Jim would have to look into it.
In spite of this, the search on the new forum does seem way better than the vBulletin one which would always search for "any" search terms regardless of how you phrased it, rather than "all" search terms.
If you add "site:therangerstation.com" to your Google search it will explicitly exclude non TRS results.
I agree, this new forum is much better than the old one. I'll use a combination of google searches and forum searches in the future. Thanks for all your hard work!
 

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using quotes is a great idea there
 

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The old search was pretty good.

I was searching for something for my Dana 35 this morning, 35 is too small so it was discounted and everything "Dana" was returned. I found it on TRS via google.
 

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Justin - you can't search for "dana 35" because Xenforo doesn't seem to care about quotes, but you can put a * instead of a space and it will search for Dana + any character + 35. Seems to work well from a quick test.
 

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