Rear Wiper Not Working on Ford Explorer

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

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Average mileage: 140,807 (68,000–245,432)
7 model years affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, more2000, 2001, 2002
31 people reported this problem
11 people shared problem details
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.
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
2001 Ford Explorer129,000
Rear wiper blade doesn't work. No hum, noise, flicker, nothing.
1998 Ford Explorer125,000
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. Cheers
Rear wiper rarely works; however, sometimes it will function in weather below 35 degrees F.
2002 Ford Explorer106,400
The rear wiper just stopped working
2000 Ford Explorer187,100
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.
2000 Ford Explorer74,800
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.
2000 Ford Explorer168,000
Rear wiper blade is not working. Have not repaired it as yet. May not bother, as it is seldomly used in drought-striken Texas.
2000 Ford Explorer144,000
Wiper just stopped working.
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