By default the search engine tries to locate pages which have exact matches for all of the words entered in your search query. If that fails, it then tries to locate pages which contain any words in your search query. If that happens a short message is displayed at the top of the search results indicating this has been done.
Note that each page is only returned ONCE regardless of how many occurrences there are on that page. You need to go to the page to see if a number of separate matches are on that page.
using plurals in search phrases, make use of wildcards (see below), for instance:
truck? not trucks
mini? not minis
controller? not controllers
using abbreviations, make use of wildcards (see below), for instance:
merc* not merc to return mercedes
scalex* not scalex to return scalextric
that most model types (for instance Porsche 917) have multiple variants (e.g.
917K, 917/10) and because the search works on whole words by default, all the
matches may not be returned. Wildcards also solve this:
917* not 917 to return 917K
*512* not 512 to return F512S
In addition, there are several ways to modify the default search behaviour.
These are search keys that get used frequently but don't return the expected results:
|512||*512*||F512S, F512, 512S|
|917||*917*||917/10, P917, 917K|