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Ford Explorer Replace Rear Wiper Motor if Rear Wiper Blade is Not Working

Ford Explorer Problem
29 Reports
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Model Years Affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002

Average Mileage: 137,914 mi (68,000 mi - 245,432 mi)


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

  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • , , 125,000 mi

    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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  •  Rookie

    Rear wiper rarely works; however, sometimes it will function in weather below 35 degrees F.

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  • , , 129,000 mi

    Rear wiper blade doesn't work. No hum, noise, flicker, nothing.

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  • , , 74,800 mi

    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.

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  •  Rookie

    rear wiper not working

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  • , , 106,400 mi

    The rear wiper just stopped working

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  • , , 168,000 mi

    Rear wiper blade is not working. Have not repaired it as yet. May not bother, as it is seldomly used in drought-striken Texas.

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  • , , 144,000 mi

    Wiper just stopped working.

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