Rear Wiper May Not Fully Contact Rear Window on Ford Explorer

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 129,413 (12,900–279,000)
9 model years affected: 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, more1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006
76 people reported this problem
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wiper doesn't contact window correctly.wiper get's caught at bottom of rearwindow
Rear wiper doesn't touch the rear glass but in one small area in the lower right area of the glass.
Wiper does not make full contact until about 2/3 of the way across the rear window.
rear wiper blade does not make full contact with rear windshield
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.
I purchased this car at 198,000 miles. Rear wiper arm gets stuck under glass and will not move. When i place the arm on the glass it works fine. Will a new arm abd blade fix this issue?
wiper does not make total contact with rear window
My windshield wiper all of a sudden stopped making contact with the rear hatch window.
Rear wiper blade does not contact glass. Replacing wiper blade did not help in correcting the issue.
i bent the rear wiper arm so that it would put more pressure on glass. seems to work now and wipes entire glass
Rear wiperdoesn't contact rear window
rear wiper doesn't fully make contact with window. Plan to change blade and arm to see if it makes a difference.
Rear wiper doesn't make contact with rear window only a small section on the drivers side
Rear wiper blade doesn't touch glass
Rear wiper will not release from catch and does not make good contact.
Wiper blade doesn't make complete contact with glass.
I don't know how to fix it.
Rear wiper blade gets stuck between window and body, also wiper doesn't clean all the window.
has not been fixed I was told by a technician the the wiper blade arm needs to be replaced
Hatch wiper don't touch in the center area. Shaft coming out at the motor seems warped.
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!