Egg in Coolant Reservior


Asked by Jan 12, 2015 at 04:46 PM about the 2000 Volkswagen Jetta GLS VR6

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Our 2000 Jetta VR6 had a substantial coolant leak and our mechanic put an egg in the
coolant reservoir as a temporary fix until we could get it looked at as he was busy.  
We ended up taking it into another shop and after they replaced the water distribution
pipe to correct the coolant leak, they couldn't get any circulation.  It ended up that the
auxiliary water pump was full of egg!  They said we should not have done that and that
there would be more problems now ie. it could get into the heater core etc.  How long
does egg last once it has been put in a car and what is your advice. We can't sell it the
way it is (the check engine light came on a day after the repairs) but we can't keep
putting endless money into repairs (the original repairs were $1300.00 as it is so labor

9 Answers


That's silly, everyone knows you're supposed to put avocados in..... Seriously there is no answer because I've never heard of an egg. I figure the only thing you can do is find some extra strength radiator flush and hope it has enough caustics to break the egg free.


Removal of parts and cleaning by mechanical means. replacement of parts that cant be flushed clear..... Russian front


yea if i were you i would go back to the garage that did that and tell them fix your mistake or i sue you for everything your shop is worth. putting an egg in the coolant system is the most ridiculous thing i have ever heard of some one doing for a quick fix.


oh and i would probably have another garage do the work instead of the one that did that. take the car to a certified vw mechanic and have it cleaned out. then slap the garage with the repair bill or a law suit that did this to your car


Your vw dealer can simplify the diagnosis for any blockage and run tests for checking the flowrate. the parts that did not pass water well could be replaced with dealer authorized parts and the system restored to tip top. They can verify your thermostat and cooling fan are right and then you could seek recourse any way you need to.

Chris Van Kleeck

Any of the temporary solutions to stop or slow a leak do more harm than good in the long run. My guess is that the mechanic asked you if you'd like him to put an egg in it though...? Some people use Barrs Leaks, some use pepper or I've even heard of oatmeal. Problem is that the stuff gums up areas where fluid needs to flow.


Black pepper works best, some sinks and some floats before going to the mechanic to authorize correct repair. At that time the mechanic should refuse to use these type of home remedies. The customer would have to add anything besides an automotive product. The customer would have to sign an explanation for the failure to replace the known causal part. It would say "repairs were declined by the customer" in any reputable shop................. Otherwise restaurants would be a place to get a car fixed, hahaha.


People trying to "go on the cheap" bypassing the tow, short cutting the diagnosis, and unwilling to wait for their part, and wanting to keep driving. Those are the root causes. When men were men, and the war and the depression made doing things right unavailable, people imagined these home remedies. That was where vegetable based stop leaks were experimental.


The last automotive vegetable based stop leak went out of production in the late 1980's.

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