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: 129,742 (12,900–279,000)
9 model years affected: 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, more1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006
73 people reported this problem
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2000 Ford Explorer 134,000 mi,
wiper doesn't contact window correctly.wiper get's caught at bottom of rearwindow
1999 Ford Explorer 156,212 mi,
Rear wiper doesn't touch the rear glass but in one small area in the lower right area of the glass.
2000 Ford Explorer 145,000 mi,
Wiper does not make full contact until about 2/3 of the way across the rear window.
2001 Ford Explorer 140,000 mi,
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.
wiper does not make total contact with rear window
2001 Ford Explorer 127,425 mi,
My windshield wiper all of a sudden stopped making contact with the rear hatch window.
1998 Ford Explorer 198,000 mi,
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?
1998 Ford Explorer 90,000 mi,
Rear wiper blade does not contact glass. Replacing wiper blade did not help in correcting the issue.
2001 Ford Explorer 65,000 mi,
i bent the rear wiper arm so that it would put more pressure on glass. seems to work now and wipes entire glass
1999 Ford Explorer 145,000 mi,
Rear wiperdoesn't contact rear window
1999 Ford Explorer 170,294 mi,
rear wiper doesn't fully make contact with window. Plan to change blade and arm to see if it makes a difference.
1999 Ford Explorer 12,900 mi,
Rear wiper doesn't make contact with rear window only a small section on the drivers side
2001 Ford Explorer 30,000 mi,
Rear wiper will not release from catch and does not make good contact.
2001 Ford Explorer 150,000 mi,
Wiper blade doesn't make complete contact with glass. I don't know how to fix it.
2000 Ford Explorer 185,000 mi,
Rear wiper blade gets stuck between window and body, also wiper doesn't clean all the window.
2000 Ford Explorer 122,000 mi,
has not been fixed I was told by a technician the the wiper blade arm needs to be replaced
2001 Ford Explorer 118,000 mi,
Hatch wiper don't touch in the center area. Shaft coming out at the motor seems warped.
1998 Ford Explorer 20,000 mi,
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 Explorer 128,000 mi,
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!