Rear Wiper May Not Fully Contact Rear Window on Ford Explorer

The rear window wiper may not fully contact the rear window. Our technicians tell us that replacing both the wiper blade and wiper arm will generally correct this issue.

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Average mileage: 128,742 (12,900–279,000)
9 model years affected: 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, more1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006
65 people reported this problem
25 people shared problem details
2000 Ford Explorer134,000
wiper doesn't contact window correctly.wiper get's caught at bottom of rearwindow
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Rear wiper blade wasn't working, found it to be stuck on something at the bottom of the window. Turned it on and gently pulled it up, now it works fine, but does not connect with the window except for a small bit on the driver's side. Replaced the blade, but that didn't really help. Plan to eventually replace the arm to see if that fixes the alignment.
2001 Ford Explorer65,000
i bent the rear wiper arm so that it would put more pressure on glass. seems to work now and wipes entire glass
2001 Ford Explorer140,000
rear wiper blade does not make full contact with rear windshield
wiper does not make total contact with rear window
1999 Ford Explorer145,000
Rear wiperdoesn't contact rear window
1999 Ford Explorer156,212
Rear wiper doesn't touch the rear glass but in one small area in the lower right area of the glass.
2001 Ford Explorer127,425
My windshield wiper all of a sudden stopped making contact with the rear hatch window.
1999 Ford Explorer170,294
rear wiper doesn't fully make contact with window. Plan to change blade and arm to see if it makes a difference.
2000 Ford Explorer122,000
has not been fixed I was told by a technician the the wiper blade arm needs to be replaced
2001 Ford Explorer118,000
Hatch wiper don't touch in the center area. Shaft coming out at the motor seems warped.
1998 Ford Explorer20,000
Rear wiper blade NEVER worked properly. I ended up physically bending the arm to contact the glass. I have replaced with numerous blades. Also, I removed the wiper arm and shifted it upward on the stud bolt (turned counterclockwise) so that it wouldn't get stuck in the window crack after returning to off position. That helped solve that issue. The contact with the glass issue is a continual battle. It requires patience and bending arm WITHOUT breaking ... which I did! Thank god for ebay!
1998 Ford Explorer128,000
This started when the car was still under warranty! Their fix only lasted long enough for the warranty to be over. I have been fighting with this ever since. Replaced just about everything possible. Ford should be fixing these for everyone with this problem. It makes it very dangerous when there is snow all over the rear window and I am driving over a pass in the mountains and have to keep stopping to clean it off!
1999 Ford Explorer12,900
Rear wiper doesn't make contact with rear window only a small section on the drivers side
2000 Ford Explorer145,000
Wiper does not make full contact until about 2/3 of the way across the rear window.
1998 Ford Explorer130,000
Rear wiper not fully contacting glass.replaced wiper arm and blade to resolve.
1998 Ford Explorer90,000
Rear wiper blade does not contact glass. Replacing wiper blade did not help in correcting the issue.
2001 Ford Explorer50,000
bought brand new in 2001. I only currently havew 56,000 miles, and used the wiper seldomly. wiper does not touch entire glass to wipe away rain. :(
My rear wiper blade doesn't fully touch the rear window either. Replaced the blade, tried pretty much everything with no luck.
Ford has replaced the arm with a redesigned model that has a different part number. Read more, including another solution, here.
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