Egg in your Radiator

Thu Jan 27, 2005 4:18 pm

I was watching the TV show "Myth-Busters" last night. They attempted to prove whether adding an egg (cracked of course, no shell) to the radiator will stop a leak or not. Don't know if anyone has heard of this myth before, but they did in fact prove that it works. They pierced a radiator with an ice pick, and water began to squirt out the hole. Then they took off the radiator cap, cracked the egg and in she goes. About 15-20 seconds later, no more water leak. The car ran for a couple of minutes and still no leak. Don't know how long it would last, but I was impressed.

Thu Jan 27, 2005 4:49 pm

I like that. How about when they were shooting stuff out of the tailpipe!

Fri Jan 28, 2005 10:01 am

Bill,

:D When I was MUCH younger a couple of freinds and I had an old 32 ford we ran around through the woods and fields before we could legally drive. We used an egg in the old radiator alot. If we didn't drive the car for a couple of days we had to add another egg. That water in the radiator was pretty rank so the egg probably desolved after a couple of days of no use. Since we had a steady supply of eggs we never had to worry. Wish I had that car now!

Fri Jan 28, 2005 10:40 am

Man, I cant imagine changing that fluid :( What about horse manure? An old farmer fried said that he used horse manure in his model AFord and it workes. I'll bet that radiator smelled too!

Fri Jan 28, 2005 11:13 am

Carm wrote:Man, I cant imagine changing that fluid :( What about horse manure? An old farmer fried said that he used horse manure in his model AFord and it workes. I'll bet that radiator smelled too!


Some of those old methods seemed to work. I like the temporary cure for a noisy transmission... fill it with oats! I guess it worked long enough to get the turkey sold. :lol:

Fri Jan 28, 2005 11:38 am

Being a mechanic by trade, although not auto, I can just picture me repairing someone else's quick fixes and screwe ups. Luckily I do not see too mant on the planes. I can only imagine what it would be like tearing down a tranny filled with oats....

Fri Jan 28, 2005 1:21 pm

Was that rolled oats?
I was rear ended by somebody in the neighborhood at a stop sign. It was in 1957. My first car a 1936 Chevey with a knee action front end. We put Jucy Fruit chewing gum in the rad holes. No leaks for the 2 or 3 years he still owned the 38 Pontiac. we had no idea if it would last but it got him home and when there was no leak the next morning he just left it that way.

Bill

Fri Jan 28, 2005 1:32 pm

My Dad told me once that when the tubes in the kids bicycle were shot he used to put oats in the tires mixed with water. The oats would swell and away he would go. Thirteen kids in the family so money was tight, but with that brood his Dad had plenty of help on the farm.