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Wiper Problems of Ford F-150 - part 1

Ford F-150 owners have reported 311 problems related to wiper (under the visibility category).

car image   Wiper problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 1
Failure Date: 01/16/2017

Started vehicle, left driveway, turned on rear window defroster, and less than a minute later while driving straight at 40mph down a city street, heard an extremely loud pop. Initially thought something hit the truck it was so loud. But then looked in the rear window and realized it had shattered.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 2
Failure Date: 01/13/2017

The weather was approximately 25-29 degrees f. I remote started the truck and it ran for about 10 minutes before I got in the truck to drive. I drove about 100 feet and heard a very loud bang. I looked in my rear view mirror and saw that my driver side rear window had shattered. My first thought was that something hit it, so I got out and looked and there were no chips or a spot where the crack started. The window just broke for no apparent reason. I have a rear sliding window with defrost. I was driving approximately 20 mph when it happened inside of the city, just a little way from my house.

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Failure Date: 01/09/2017

While backing up over a small snow pile on driveway, left pane in back window shattered for no reason. Was going slow and turning at the same time, trying to back into garage.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 4
Failure Date: 01/08/2017

Windshield washer fluid frozen in lines. When pushing the washer fluid button while driving, the wipers would wipe but not washer fluid would come out causing a dangerous visibility situation. I took it to the dealer that day while they were still frozen and the dealer said I did have the correct windshield washer fluid in them, but they were having problems with them freezing, so they said they dumped more alcohol in the tank and said to let it thaw overnight in the garage (thankfully I have a heated garage, but many don't so I'm not sure what their solution would be). I asked the dealer to perform the TSB currently out that covers this very situation. They said they put more alcohol in the tank and it should be fine. The dealer was dahl Ford located in onalaska, WI. This even being a problem to begin with is a alarming, and a dealer not willing to fix such an important problem when it's a known issue is just as much of an alarm! secondly, my door latches also freeze on the truck when temps are below freezing. All 4 doors of my crew cab are affected. Depending on the day, it varies which one freezes. I have stopped using car washes and trying to keep my truck as dry as possible to no avail. Once these latches freeze, the door will either not lock or unlock (depending on the last position of the switch), or when you open the door and shut it, the door mechanism will not grab and hold the door shut. After repeated slammings I can usually get it to lock, but this is absolutely rediculous. I have to carry bungee cords around in case my doors won't close and I have to bungee cord them closed to drive home! I have a newborn, I can't have this crap on a truck with 20k miles! many many many many many people are having these exact same issues, I only found out how many there were after doing an online search for a fix.

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Failure Date: 01/08/2017

The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the rear window shattered while the defroster was activated. The failure occurred on numerous occasions. The dealer was unable to diagnose and repair the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 71,000.

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Failure Date: 01/07/2017

Freezing windshield washers.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 7
Failure Date: 01/03/2017

Windshield wiper sprayer not working in colder weather. Occurred when temperatures are under 20 degrees also another owner experience this that same day. Its happened twice now in the past week. Visibility with windows icing/smeared dirt is troublesome whether on highway or driving in general. Highly concerned I wouldn't be able to safely see to pull over. Love the truck but this is concerning.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 8
Failure Date: 12/30/2016

While driving my 2011 f150 suoercrew cab on a 30 degree evening, I turned on the rear defroster. Within a few minutes, a passenger in the back seat heard a crackling sound and then a loud pop, the passenger side of the 3 section rear window had shattered, within a few hours the glass fron this window had started to fall out and enter into the cab, and onto the seats. This happened on 12/30/2016 at approximately 6pm, speed was about 35 mph and no other traffic was on the road.

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Failure Date: 12/24/2016

The contact owns a 2012 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving at 10 mph, the rear window defroster system failed to operate without warning. The contact stated that approximately three minutes later, the window shattered. The vehicle was taken to a dealer but was not able to be diagnosed until the window was replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacture was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 42,000.

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Failure Date: 12/23/2016

The vehicle was in my driveway. I remote started it. 10 minutes later I entered vehicle and inserted key and turned on the vehicle. 10 seconds later I heard a loud pop and what sounded like leaves rustling, very slowly . It was 5 am and dark, Friday Dec 23rd, so I drove to a lit parking lot to see what happened. I noticed the rear glass behind the driver's seat was shattered. It was around 30�f. There are a lot of instances of this happening with Ford pickups.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2014 Ford F-150 11
Failure Date: 12/21/2016

The contact owns a 2014 Ford F-150. When the vehicle was started and while idling, the rear driver side window exploded. The vehicle was driven to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

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Failure Date: 12/20/2016

Rear glass on Ford f150 shattered approximately 2 seconds after I turned on the rear defogger while driving at slow speed on a straight road in a residential subdivision.

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Failure Date: 12/20/2016

Passenger side rear windshield explosion and small fire when rear defroster was engaged. Vehicle was idle in school carpool line when white smoke appeared to be forming near rear window. The vehicle behind me started beeping and and pointing to my rear window. Suddenly the window exploded with a sound like a rifle report and the glass spiderwebbed on the window. I immediately turned off all climate controls and inspected the damage. The trim was smoldering from the electrical fire and after getting home I took photos and started to investigate the problem as well as contact the dealer. The dealer said there were no recalls and the repairs would likely be out of pocket or via insurance claim. There have been numerous reports involving this issue and the malfunctioning rear defroster system. There is a TSB on the faulty system. Yet there is no effort taken by Ford or the ntsb on mitigating consumer safety risk. Glad my kids had exited the vehicle minutes prior or they may have been hit with small glass shards. This issue remains today as a potential hazard to to consumer and public safety and needs to be addressed by the Ford motor company.

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Failure Date: 12/19/2016

Just bought my truck and I auto started it with defrost set to auto. I got in and heard a loud pop only to see my window shattered. Nothing hit it. Took it to Ford and they wont cover it. I got online and saw hundreds of complaints of the same thing happening to a lot of people. This should be a safety recall. What if my kids were in my truck!.

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Failure Date: 12/19/2016

Started the truck to defrost windows on a cold morning. Both the front defroster and rear window defroster were turned on. It ran for about 10 minutes before I started driving to work. About 5 minutes into my drive I heard a loud pop. I couldn't figure out what happened. It was still dark outside at the time and when I arrived at my work, the parking lot lights revealed that my back drivers side window had shattered. I did notice on my drive that the rear defroster had turned off which it normally doesn't but I didn't put it together that the pop and the defroster were connected.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2010 Ford F-150 16
Failure Date: 12/17/2016

While using the rear window defroster, I heard a loud thud. I looked back and saw a shattered rear passenger window. Also noticed smoke from lower corner. I was reversing out of driveway at a slow rate of speed. Outside temp was 20°f.

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Failure Date: 12/16/2016

I was parked in my truck, warming it up on a ~10 degree morning. The back glass had a layer of ice and I turned on the rear defrost. A few minutes later, while still parked in my driveway, I heard a loud pop. The passenger side back glass was shattered. It is a power sliding, tinted back glass in three sections.

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Failure Date: 12/15/2016

Rear sliding window exploded from electric defrosters could not see out of rear window the bang was so loud I lost control for a moment there was glass everywhere in the back seat Ford refuses to even look at it and the extended coverage wont cover the repair I can use the defroster when having small children in the back seats when its cold for the fear of injury to the children this is a option the cost big $$$$ and cant be used when it cold and having my grandchildren in the back seats Ford needs to step up on this one its not safe for many reasons I was driving on a highway and if the children were with me it could have been deadly.

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Failure Date: 12/15/2016

Used remote start to warm vehicle and the 1/3 of the rear glass (the driver's side) exploded and spidered. Research shows this is a common problem and likely due to faulty defroster. Ford doesn't part out the glass so the entire rear window needs to be replaced at a cost of over $650. My vehicle is garaged when at home and is in excellent condition with only 51400 miles. Since it is over 36000 miles, Ford won't do anything or assist with costs.

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Failure Date: 12/14/2016

The contact owns a 2010 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 65 mph, the contact heard a loud pop and the rear passenger side windshield shattered. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing, but was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 74,000.

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Failure Date: 12/13/2016

Was driving vehicle at 55mph heard a loud bang. Sounded like an explosion! the sound startled me almost causing an accident. The rear window had shattered. Pulled over and got out, the bottom right corner of the window was on fire. Not realizing what was happening I attempted to pour water on it. It continued to burn, then I quickly took a rag from inside the truck and began to try an put out the fire. Between that water ,rag and a screw driver the fire was finally out. The fire that was burning was very odd in nature nothing I had ever seen before. I immediately looked the incident up online and saw that this has happened hundreds of times Ford motor company is fully aware but will not cover it unless entire vehicle is still under warranty. This is totally a danger to society! this almost caused an awful accident.

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Failure Date: 12/08/2016

I left home for work on 12/8/2016. The temp was 7 degrees out and my back window was slightly iced over. I turned the rear defrost on to clear up the window. Within ten minutes I heard what sounded like a gun going off. Upon inspection I realized that my rear 3 peace window had spider cracked into thousands of peaces. The sound it made sent me off the road to a frantic stop. This was in town going 30mph. I'm so glad my kids weren't in the rear seat as there is quite a bit of small glass peaces. This will set me back $600 and I cant imagine ever using the rear defrost button again as it might be a faulty switch that caused this or a faulty window. It seems the more I find on the internet the more I realize this is fairly common. Ford motor CO. Should really do something!.

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Failure Date: 12/07/2016

Takata recall. Started vehicle with remote start got in the vehicle started driving and looked and seen the drivers side rear window was shattered. Looked on online to see if there was similar issues and it was.

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Failure Date: 12/07/2016

On a 20 degree morning I turned on the rear defrost and in about five minutes time I hear a loud noise. Upon looking around I found the back window had shattered on the passenger side. I was stationary at the time, thankfully, because the sound was a lot like a gun blast and if driving I could have swerved, it startled me so much. The window is shattered into thousands of pieces and visibility out of that window is severely hampered. This is an obvious design flaw and it effects the safety of the vehicle and a recall should be issued.

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Failure Date: 12/06/2016

While driving I heard a loud pop followed by a strong smell inside the cab of the truck. Earlier in the day I had used the rear defroster and when I tried to use it just before this loud pop, the light on the dash button would not come on. Unbeknownst to be at the time, as it was dark out, 1/3 of my rear window had shattered. The next day in the light I found the window damage. The window clearly exploded outward, as the remaining glass was pushing outward and the broken glass was in the bed of the truck. Ford refuses to repair the issue, as it says it is glass, but it seems clear the defroster has a role in causing the glass to break, evidenced by the no longer functioning button and the burning smell when it happened.