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Rear Wiper Not Working on Ford Explorer

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The rear wiper may stop working. This could be due to a rear wiper motor that has failed requiring replacement.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 140,204 (60,000–329,349)
11 model years affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, more2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2011
43 people reported this problem
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Just bought this Explorer used... GREAT vehicle and we love it! The rear wiper doesn't work though and neither does the fluid for the rear wiper. I can hear the motor trying to work when I push it.
Rear wiper blade doesn't work. No hum, noise, flicker, nothing.
Rear wiper doesn't work. I can hear the pump working but no fluid coming out and wiper motor is inop.
One day the rear wiper would not work. After searching for a replacement motor with no luck. I let it go then one day I was in a forum and someone said often it's just too much grease in the motor and it fouls the contacts. I removed the motor and cleaned the contacts and replaced the motor. It worked fine and is still working!!This was about a year ago. hope this helps
rear window wiper wont work but i can hear the motor on washer pump after pushing the button
Wiper runs very slow goes slow then stops and then goes again very slow should I get new wiper first before replacing motor
My rear wiper stopped working, took it to mechanic and they were convinced, along with two other places, that the rear wiper motor was bad. I tried replacing it three times however, what it finally turned out to be was the relay. When they original tested the electrical circuit, there was enough power going through to show up on the meter but not enough to run the motor..In the end it only cost me the new relay switch price and the wiper motor was fine.
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rear wiper will not work when turned on. While wiper is turned on I can go move wiper by hand just a little bit and the wiper will begin working again until I turn the switch back off. Then I turn the switch back on and it doesn't work again until I move the wiper by hand a little. And then its back working again.
I recently had the turning signals which control the front wipers and the back wipers replaced 10/ 25/15 after replacing the front wipers work fine the back wipers don't work at all
rear wiper not working
rear windshield wiper quit working also rear washer quit working checked all fuses all good. can hear click at motor when it is turned on.
Rear wiper just stopped working several months ago. I have relatively few miles on the vehicle for it's age. I have not yet had it fixed because of infrequent use and the anticipated cost.
Rear wiper rarely works; however, sometimes it will function in weather below 35 degrees F.
Wiper just stopped working.
I've had this Explorer for almost a year, runs really good but the rear wiper I've had problems with. I have replaced the motor and the relay once and it worked perfectly. One day I let my friend take my Explorer and she came back with a rear end collision the damage was to the bumper and the rear door along with a broken tail light, but the rear wiper motor stopped working. I had to replace it again and again and nothing's happening. I wonder if it's the wire connection or the fact that the back door doesn't shut all the way.
The rear wiper just stopped working
It basically just stopped working
Replaced motor in fall. Already failed again! UGH!!
rear window wiper motor does not work. how do you replace? Explorer
Just bought this 2000 explorer. The wiper sounded like it wanted to work inside but would not. I took the motor out. Removed the bracket and cover. There was too much greese in there. After cleaning the greese out, and cleaning the contacts it began working. Thank you report #2. This all took 30 minutes.