Melanie Reiff
Updated on Aug 11, 2022
If clear fluid is leaking from the underside of your vehicle, a mechanic can inspect your car to determine the leak’s source, detail the correct repair, and give an estimate of the cost.
Fluid is a key component in keeping your car running efficiently. Leaks can come from many locations but are far from impossible to identify. A qualified mechanic can quickly pinpoint the cause of your leak and let you know whether you have a larger issue on your hands.
An unknown fluid leak can be a frightening scenario—that’s why the car insurance super app Jerry has created a complete guide to maintenance inspections for this problem.
The exact cost varies between different Jeep models. For example, newer vehicle models are usually made with more expensive materials, so recent or high-end models will cost more, especially if your service requires a part replacement. Use the table below to estimate the cost for your own vehicle.
CarTotal Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostAverage Dealer PriceEstimated Service Duration
1978
Jeep 
Wagoneer
$60$0$60$601h
2018
Jeep 
Renegade
$60$0$60$601h
2010
$60$0$60$601h
1972
Jeep 
CJ6
$60$0$60$601h
1967
Jeep 
Commando
$60$0$60$601h
1980
Jeep 
DJ5
$60$0$60$601h

What is a clear fluid leaking inspection?

During this service, a mechanic will identify which specific part of your vehicle is causing the leak. These are the usual suspects:

Water from A/C

Clear fluid originating from the front of your vehicle is most likely water. If you’ve been running the AC system a lot, condensation can form on the outer surface of your AC unit. From there, water droplets can leak onto the ground.

Failing brake lines

Clear fluid originating from the midsection of your vehicle could be due to faulty brake lines. While new brake fluid usually appears clear, used fluid will have a yellowish, brown color and a slick consistency. If you suspect this is your culprit, you should get your vehicle inspected immediately.

Leaking gas tank

This is the most dangerous possible cause of a leak and can also have a drastic effect on your vehicle’s fuel usage. Gasoline will be clear in color and will leak due to rusting or a different failure.

How to inspect a clear fluid leak

A mechanic will identify the cause of your leak by investigating critical regions of your vehicle. Depending on the location, the mechanic may lift your car to get a better look at the undercarriage.
After inspecting your vehicle, If the mechanic determines that your leak results from corrosion or a faulty part, they will recommend a replacement and give you an estimate.
If faulty brake lines cause the leak, the mechanic may bleed your new lines after replacing them—to ensure they don’t suffer a similar fate.
Here is how a mechanic will bleed new lines:
  • Check to see if the brake lines are working properly
  • Remove any excess air from the braking system
  • Top off the necessary brake fluid

How do I know if a clear fluid leak needs to be inspected?

Leaking fluid—especially when clear—is a problem no driver should ignore. While the leak is hopefully the result of something minor, some leaks can be especially hazardous, depending on the substance that is escaping.
Leaks that originate from your engine or fueling area should be inspected as soon as possible—and the same goes for any leak you cannot quickly identify.

How to find cheap car insurance

Noticing a leak can be frightening. What else is spooky? Finding out that you’ve been overpaying for car insurance for years.
Here at Jerry, we can’t console all your fears—but we can find an insurance price personalized for you. And if you need a hand—albeit a digital one—to guide you through the process, our experts are here for that too.
It’s this simple: download the Jerry app or go to getjerry.com. In less than 45 seconds, Jerry collects all of your information from your existing insurer. Choose from competitive quotes from over 50 top insurance companies and Jerry takes care of the rest—securing your new policy and helping you cancel your old one.
Keep in mind that your location is another factor that determines the final cost of repairs. Areas with higher cost of living will usually have more expensive car repair services, especially if there’s less local competition. Check out the table below for an estimate of what Jeep drivers pay in different cities.
CityCarTotal Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostAverage Dealer PriceEstimated Service Duration
1966
Jeep 
F-134
$106.66$0$106.66$106.661h
1965
Jeep 
J-210
$128.27$0$128.27$128.271h
2010
$108.57$0$108.57$108.571h
2020
Jeep 
Gladiator
$157.5$0$157.5$157.51h
1960
Jeep 
CJ3
$110.03$0$110.03$110.031h
2018
Jeep 
Wrangler
$129.08$0$129.08$129.081h
1971
Jeep 
J-4600
$127.18$0$127.18$127.181h
1965
Jeep 
J-200
$105.74$0$105.74$105.741h
1964
Jeep 
J-300
$122.67$0$122.67$122.671h
2014
$125.23$0$125.23$125.231h
Jerry doesn’t just offer fair price repair estimates for Jeep drivers! Our team of writers has collected everything you need to know for every car. Here’s how much the repair costs for some popular cars:
CarTotal Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostAverage Dealer PriceEstimated Service Duration
1986
Toyota 
Celica
$60$0$60$601h
2017
$60$0$60$601h
1986
Oldsmobile 
Delta 88
$60$0$60$601h
1996
Dodge 
B2500
$60$0$60$601h
2010
Ford 
Fusion
$60$0$60$601h
1990
$60$0$60$601h
The cost of repairs might vary depending on which Jeep you drive, but there’s an easy way to save money for the services you need! Just download the Jerry app for help lowering your insurance premiums. In less than 45 seconds, Jerry collects all of your information from your existing insurer. Choose from competitive quotes from top insurance companies and Jerry takes care of the rest—securing your new policy and helping you cancel your old one upon request.
With an average annual savings of $887, Jerry can help you free up funds for the repairs your Jeep’s needs.