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Wiper Problems of Ford F-150 - part 1

Ford F-150 owners have reported 417 problems related to wiper (under the visibility category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Ford F-150 based on all problems reported for the F-150.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2014 Ford F-150 1
Failure Date: 03/21/2018

Vehicle was remote started (in park and unoccupied) and while walking to the vehicle heard a loud pop. When got to the vehicle saw rear windshield section on driver's side has exploded/shattered. From the attached photos you can see there is no impact to the rear windshield. Vehicle has 31k miles and ambient temperature was .

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 2
Failure Date: 03/18/2018

Tl the contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. While in his home, the contact used the remote starter to start the vehicle. When he exited his home and walked towards the vehicle, the contact noticed that the rear driver's side window shattered without warning. The manufacturer was notified and advised the contact to take the vehicle to a Ford dealer. The vehicle was taken to holiday Ford at (877) 478-5316 (390 n rolling meadows dr, fond du lac, WI 54937), but the dealer refused service because the vehicle was serviced at another location and the contact was not a loyal customer. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 102,000.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 3
Failure Date: 03/15/2018

Back light (window) shatered. Just sitting there.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 4
Failure Date: 03/09/2018

The right rear window of my truck completely shattered. I was sitting at a stop light on a city street when I heard a loud pop. I look back and see that my window is completely spidered. It was around 20 degrees outside, and I had been running the rear defrost for about 10 minutes. After some research online I discovered that this is a problem with the rear defrost. Thankfully my child was not in the car with me as his car seat is directly under the window. He would have been showered with tiny shards of glass.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 5
Failure Date: 03/07/2018

Takata recall for Ford f150 2009-2014 equipped with rear sliding window with defrost feature. Rear window or sections of the rear window will shatter if the rear window & side mirror defrost system is engaged. A section of mine broke today while driving home from work. Had 22 miles to drive in the snow but it was not that cold outside and I only had the rear defrost on when we first left work and headed out. Defroster times out after about 10 minutes so it was off for about 30 minutes and then the drivers side panel pops and cracks. I even had the rear window open a wee bit so I could push more air through the cab to defrost the windshield better. . When I first heard it, I thought a tree branch hit the top of the roof. But the noise sounded a little bit different than some object hitting the truck. The driver rear panel is shattered between the outer and inner glass panels. Definitely around the heating element wires and the panel is still intact.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 6
Failure Date: 03/05/2018

While driving at about 35mph on my road I heard what sounded like a gunshot inside the cab and then discovered that my passenger side window literally exploded. This is a known issue and seems to be related to the rear window defrost. I called my local Ford dealer and they said this is not something they will replace. I'm not alone with this issue, this is happening to many f150 owners and no one is doing anything about it!.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 7
Failure Date: 03/03/2018

After using rear defrost, left side of the rear window shattered with a loud pop, sending bits of glass onto pax in the back seat. After reading online this is a known issue with this model of truck and needs to be a safety recall.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 8
Failure Date: 02/23/2018

Issue: rear power slide window heated on the way to taking my son to school this morning I had my rear glass defrost on to help reduce the fog on the glass. About 5 minutes into our drive the panel of glass right behind his head shattered (rear window, passenger panel) with a very loud and scary boom. Upon pulling over and inspecting the glass both inside and out there was zero signs that anything had actually hit ht rear glass. It is still in the window and smooth in appearance from the outside, just cracked into a million small pieces. This is a major problem that Ford and or their glass mfg. Need to own up one. This costs us, the owners $500+ every time we have to repair this issue and eventually a child sitting in the rear is going to get glass blasted into their head. Please help us and keep out children safe!! thank you.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2014 Ford F-150 9
Failure Date: 02/22/2018

My rear window on the passenger side spontaneously exploded while driving home. Believed to be from a rear defrost defection.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 10
Failure Date: 02/21/2018

Using the factor installed auto-starter I remotely started my F-150 to warm up, outside temp was 29f. After approximately five minutes of running my wife and I got into the truck to drive to work. Within a minute we heard a loud bang and we thought someone threw a snowball and hit the truck. When we looked in the rear window towards the noise we saw that the left rear window section exploded; luckily the the coatings kept the pieces contained. The rear defroster was not turned on by neither of us.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 11
Failure Date: 02/18/2018

Truck was parked, not running got in heard a loud pop noise, looked around saw rear passenger side rear slider window shattered. The outside temp. Was about 38 degrees. This is the second time this has happened. To the tune of. $1000. 00 each time. When is enough. . . Enough? there is an issue here. Please help.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 12
Failure Date: 02/17/2018

Rear windows equipped with defroster and rear passenger side windows with slider windows shatter when the rear defrost button is used. My vehicle has the slider window and upon replacing at safelite glass they said they see this frequent on Ford trucks and that to prevent is to either not hookup defrost when window is replaced or not use the rear defrost.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 13
Failure Date: 02/17/2018

Rear right 3 piece window shattered by having the defrost on.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2014 Ford F-150 14
Failure Date: 02/17/2018

Wipers stay on in slowest intermittent setting, will not turn off! visibility is affected by wipers smearing windshield.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 15
Failure Date: 02/12/2018

The rear window behind driver side shattered/fissured into tiny cracks. We had an issue of the rear defroster not functioning the week before this occurred. Having had a bout of extremely cold weather, I went out to warm up the truck and decided to try to see if the rear defroster would work to defrost the rear window and to my surprise the light popped on so I came back into the house while the truck was warming up. Upon walking back to the truck which was parked in my driveway, I noticed the rear window shattered/fissured in tiny cracks everywhere.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 16
Failure Date: 02/12/2018

I used the remote start to warm up my car (it was 3 degrees fahrenheit that night), I got in, started the truck, then started messing with my phone (still parked in my driveway). I hear a loud pop and looked around and found my drivers side rear window had shattered (spiderweb cracks through the whole thing, window still intact though). Couldn�t have been a rock or someone throwing something at my truck since I was backed into my driveway.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2014 Ford F-150 17
Failure Date: 02/10/2018

I was driving on a residential street with the rear defroster on. Snow and low temps were happening at the time. While driving it sounded like a gun shot went off. I checked my mirrors and rear view mirror and that's when I noticed the rear window drivers side was shattered. Thank god no one was sitting there. Upon some internet searching this is a well known event for F-150 and Ford still has done nothing about it.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2016 Ford F-150 18
Failure Date: 02/08/2018

When temperatures are at freezing, door will not close. Windshield wiper fluid also freezes even though rated for -40 degrees. Repair was made by Ford to door latch but problem continues. Typically, car has been parked in cold weather. See job #2 on attached documentation for latest repair attempt. Many complaints from customers on forums. This is a major safety issue!!!!.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 19
Failure Date: 02/07/2018

Tl the contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. While driving 35 mph, the rear defogger was activated and the rear window shattered. The vehicle was taken to donley Ford Lincoln of mount vernon (1455 coshocton Ave, mt vernon, OH 43050, (740) 392-2222) where it was diagnosed that there was a shortage in the rear defogger. The rear window needed replacement. The contact mentioned that the defogger was built into the window. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and did not assist. The failure mileage was 65,800.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2014 Ford F-150 20
Failure Date: 02/07/2018

Tl the contact owns a 2014 Ford F-150. After the defroster was activated, the rear driver side window exploded. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the contact was informed that the pressure was coming from inside. The contact called beach Ford at 757-486-2717 and was informed that research would be conducted. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 73,000.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2016 Ford F-150 21
Failure Date: 02/06/2018

Washer fluid freezing within the line between the bottle and spray nozzle. Although we are using what is rated as -27 degree fluid, the lines are freezing when the temp drops to around 13 degrees. This has caused a real safety hazard on three different occasion when trying to wipe away salt spray and all that happens is the window smears and I have had to pull off the road, get snow off the ground to help clear the windshield. I know two others that have the same make and model and they experience the same thing. Ford has a technical service bulletin avail to their technicians to address the situation (tsp 16-0082) but I feel this should be included in a recall of these vehicles.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 22
Failure Date: 02/05/2018

My wife started the truck with the remote start on the morning of 02/05/2018. She did not notice anything out of the ordinary until she got in the truck to head to work. She called me and said that while looking in the rear view mirror it looked like the rear window was shattered. She stopped and took a closer look and realized that it was shattered. We drive the truck every day and have not had any issues with anything flying up and hitting the window.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2014 Ford F-150 23
Failure Date: 02/03/2018

Remote started my truck Saturday morning 2/3/2018 as I live in iowa and it is cold this time of year. After about 10 minutes went out got in the truck turned it on and put it in reverse and started backing out of my driveway. When I heard a loud bang like a gunshot or someone dropping a cinder block on my roof. I got out and looked around to see if something had hit my truck and didn't see anything. I got back in looked out my rear window and the driver side rear window was shattered. You could tell that it wasn't hit because there was no focal point where someone or something would have made contact. The entire thing was shattered.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 24
Failure Date: 02/02/2018

I remote started my vehicle in the morning. It was 12 degrees out. Got in the car and drove it about 2 blocks on a slow neighborhood road in a straight line and heard a loud bang inside the cabin. The rear drivers side back panel window had fully shattered. I could not see out of the window and glass was on the inside of my back seat.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 25
Failure Date: 02/01/2018

Remote started the vehicle at night, around 7:30 pm on a 23 degree temperature night in central indiana. We then got into the vehicle roughly 5 minutes later. Both doors were then closed and the key was put into the ignition. Once the key was in the ignition, we heard a very loud "bang" noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. We noticed the driver's side 1/3 of the power sliding rear window was shattered. We exited the vehicle to inspect the damage. Nothing was present in the bed of the truck to cause us to believe something had hit it. Upon further investigation online and a certified mechanics opinion, it has come to our attention that this is a "common" issue with Ford f-series trucks. The rear defrost mechanism becomes too hot during remote start and causes the tempered glass to become unstable and shatter.