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Wiper Problems of Ford F-150 - part 1

Ford F-150 owners have reported 228 problems related to wiper (under the visibility category).

car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 1
Failure Date: 01/29/2016

After remotely starting my truck, I was sitting in the driver's seat putting on my seat belt and preparing to start driving home when I heard a loud "bang". I got out thinking that something hit the truck, but saw no sign of anything like that had occur. After arriving at home, I opened the back door on the driver's side to retrieve my work belongings, that is when I noticed that the driver's side panel of the rear window was shattered and completely spider-webbed. The temperature at the time of this occurrence was approximately 32 degrees fahrenheit. The remote start setting for the rear defroster is set to automatic, so I don't know if it came on during the remote start. The vehicle was stationary and idling at the time of the incident. The vehicle is a 2013 Ford F-150 fx4 with 27,000 miles. The vehicle is equipped with rear defroster and a power rear window.

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Failure Date: 01/29/2016

Put on rear defrost while driving in 28 degree temp on city street 25mph and seconds later heard what sounded like a gunshot only to find the back window shattered. Dealer said they here of this on occasion because the defrost heats up so quickly and hot that it can shatter a cold window. This could be very dangerous to human life.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2010 Ford F-150 3
Failure Date: 01/29/2016

I was driving this morning with the temperture around 30degrees. I turned on my rear defrost to thaw my mirrors and rear glass of frost. Within 10 minutes of leaving my driveway, while driving I heard a large pop that resembled a gun shot, my daughter started screaming and stated my back window had broken. There are burn marks on the defrost contacts, shards of safety glass off of my window that shot out when exploded with my 5 year old daughter in the rear seat and her car seat. Vehicle was in motion approx 55 mph. The sound alone caused me to lock up my brakes out of instinct to investigate the loud noise that sounded like a gun shot and to examine the vehicle. This is a serious safety issue and needs to be addressed! there was a burning smell of what smelt like electrical wire burning present when this happened and minimal smoke in the back of the vehicle.

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Failure Date: 01/28/2016

Pickup truck has sliding rear window with rear defrost. After using defrost for approximately 10 minutes the rear window shattered with a loud pop. The vehicle was stopped at the time.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 5
Failure Date: 01/19/2016

Remote started my vehicle. Got in vehicle and heard a loud bang. Upon inspection I discovered my left rear window panel was completely shattered. Vehicle was stationary at the time and still in park. Not sure of root cause. Did research problem and found several similar issues. Most were determined to be related the the defrost system. Apparently Ford is aware of the issue but to date has not issued a recall nor have they issued a bulletin.

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Failure Date: 01/18/2016

Was dring to work on smooth asphalt road with no other traffic visible. Turned on electric rear window defrost. Heard loud noice like gunshot. Felt rush of air. Driver side rear window had shattered.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2010 Ford F-150 7
Failure Date: 01/18/2016

It was 7 degrees this morning and there was ice on my rear window. I turned on the electric defrost and about 5 minutes later I hear a loud bang. The passenger side rear window exploded / shattered into pieces. We called Ford and they are not willing to rectify the situation or addres it in any way.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 8
Failure Date: 01/18/2016

Windshield washers will not spray when cold out. Tank if full of pure -20f rated fluid which is full and not frozen. Nozzles have been heated with hot water and still will not spray. Problem seems to be the check valve is made in such a poor way that it will not work when it's cold out was 20f today had a 3 hour drive on snowy wet roads with no washer fluid spraying. I know this was not safe but was hoping it would fix itself but never did.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 9
Failure Date: 01/17/2016

Today, 1/17/16 on my way home I turned on the rear defroster but the light didn't come on so I assumed a fuse had blown or something. Then while continuing on my drive home, about 5-10 minutes, later I heard a loud sound like a gun shot and when I turned to see what it was low and behold the passenger rear window was shattered. Apparently this has happened to hundreds if not thousands of Ford trucks from 2009-2014 and something needs to be done about this. Us as consumers shouldn't have to bare the burden of the expense for repair of a known defective part, or as some of the dealers have suggested, file the claim with your insurance company. Here again, it is exactly these types of claims that will keep increasing insurance premiums for us consumers because large corporations like Ford will not step up and do what they know is the right thing and issue a recall.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 10
Failure Date: 01/15/2016

I turned on the truck with the remote starter. This is apparently tied into the auto defroster on the back window. As soon as I got in the car and started to drive the back window blew out for no reason. I did a search on the web and apparently this is an extremely common problem. The noise was so loud I actually thought someone shot out my window!!.

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Failure Date: 01/14/2016

2013 f150 Ford parked outside on driveway. Sunny with temperature roughly 32 degrees fahrenheit. Remote start used to warm up truck. Walking out to truck when a loud bang/gunshot type of sound happened without warning. Walked around truck and saw that driver¿s side of the power sliding rear window (3 sections) had started to spider crack. This part of the window then continued to crack until the whole section was spider cracked. (the sharp edges of glass were on the inside of vehicle window. ) the vehicle was taken to dealer for evaluation but was told it is out of warranty. The dealer estimated replacement cost is $1,200-1,300 usd. (parts and labor).

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Failure Date: 01/12/2016

On 1/12/16 at about 06t00 hrs. , on my way to work travelling on main street, the right section of my sliding rear glass window shattered. ( it sounded like a shotgun going off). The temp was around 30f degrees and ice on the window. I activated the defrost and within ten minutes the glass shattered. I thought someone had just shot my vehicle and it caused to swerve into the adjacent lane. Had their been many vehicles on the roadway at that time I would have caused an accident. I went to the local Ford dealership in dothan, al and they said that my vehicle warranty was no longer valid and that my extended warranty did not cover the part. I had the same sliding glass rear window replaced in 2013 for failing to close after opening. I have searched online and have noticed similar problems with Ford f150 year models 2010-2013.

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Failure Date: 01/11/2016

I used the remote start on my 2012 f150 platinum on a 20 degree January morning. Got in drove to work and realized when I got out the rear right side of the sliding window was totally shattered. No evidence of vandalism or anything hitting the glass. Shattered totally even across the entire window. Vehicle is out of warranty by 2 months but under mileage warranty by 9,000 miles. Ford dealer told me nothing they can do. Called Ford and regional customer care called me and said it would take up to 3 days to get me an answer. Decided to forget them and use my comprehensive insurance just to have it fixed ASAP.

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Failure Date: 01/09/2016

While driving the vehicle at 30mph or less through the city I tried to turn on the rear defrost but the indicator light did not come on. I thought either a fuse or contact might be the issue but as a continued to drive a few minutes later the rear sidelight window shattered with a loud bang. Broken glass could have injured my son sitting in the rear seat and visibility is now compromised. Nothing struck the window, this was caused by a malfunction of the defrost and or substandard glass or the combination of both and should be recalled. Some posts on the internet have reported large amounts of the glass almost falling onto infants in rear facing car seats. This needs to be addressed for safety for physical harm to passengers and visibility safety.

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Failure Date: 01/06/2016

While operating the vehicle on a cold morning, I engaged the rear window defroster. The car was in traffic on the interstate on WI hwy 45 travelling 70 mph. Shortly 2-5 minutes of turning on the electric defroster, the glass shattered rather violently sending glass into the passenger compartment and truck bed.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2001 Ford F-150 16
Failure Date: 01/05/2016

I was driving to work this morning and around 7:00 am. It was approximately 20 degrees outside and I tried the rear defroster. The rear defroster has worked only about 20% of the time for the last few months and not at all for the last 3 weeks; so needless to say I was very surprised when it actually turned on today. 10 minutes after turning on the defrost I was driving approx 30mph through town when I heard a loud bang inside the truck. It was loud enough that I swerved and looked around to see if people were throwing ice chunks at cars or shooting bb guns. A few minutes later I noticed that the rear windshield on the driver side of the truck had completely shattered. The only thing holding the glass together is the tint tape. The window will need a complete replacement.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 17
Failure Date: 01/04/2016

I purchased a 2015 in August 2015. I took this into the dealer 2 weeks ago as the washer fluid pump would not work. I was told that the washer pump motor needed replacing. However, they could not tell me when this would be fixed. Apparently the washer pump is on backorder. I was told to use a "long squeegee" in the mean time. However, not being able to use the washer fluid greatly affects visibility in my state (wv) in January with the use of road salt. It has been 2 weeks today and I still have not been updated on when they may be able to resolve this issue.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 18
Failure Date: 01/03/2016

My left panel of the rear window is shattered after turning the rear defrost on. Called Ford, they will not replace.

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Failure Date: 12/30/2015

Rear passenger side of rear slider window shattered when operating defroster when approx. 27 deg. F. No impact, but loud gunshot like sound and glass was simply shattered while driving. Luckily the glass didn't separate as I had 3 children in rear in child seats, one rear facing. This appears to be a common problem.

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Failure Date: 12/28/2015

Wife was driving home on a 30 degree snowy day with rear defroster on. Backed into the garage and as she turned the truck off a lot bang occurred. I was in the garage at the time and realized the passenger rear window spider cracked and essentially shattered. Ford says there is no recall, had replaced the next day for 600 dollars.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 21
Failure Date: 12/27/2015

I started my 2012 F-150 and activated the front and rear defrosters. While idling in a driveway, I heard a loud pop, looked around and realized my passenger side rear windshield panel had shattered spider web style. Luckily I turned off the defroster in time and was able to duct tape the broken window. Unfortunately, tiny splinters of glass were already on my rear passenger seat, and I got some in my hands from taping it up. Thank god nobody was sitting in that seat. Temperature was low 40s, I was trying to get rid of a slight frost.

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Failure Date: 12/26/2015

I turned on the rear window defrost on my truck, switch light blinked several times,and then stayed on, a few minutes later a loud explosion from the rear of vehicle happened, sounded like a gun went off inside cab! rear ,right side glass panel was shattered. Thank god no other vehicle was in the lane next to me! I swerved out of reaction thinking someone had shot a gun at me. I was traveling at 55 mph on two lane highway,nighttime, and outside temp was 31 degrees.

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Failure Date: 12/26/2015

While driving my Ford f150 on a state highway I turned on the defrost switch for the rear window. Within a few minutes time the rear window panel shattered with a loud pop expelling glass shardes over the rear seating area. A smell of burning plastic accompanied this incident causing me and my family to pull off the road and evacuate the vehicle. This truck has 58000 miles on it and Ford says its not there problem although after researching this many people have had this same experience.

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Failure Date: 12/23/2015

Tl- the contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. The contact stated that when the vehicle was turned on the contact turned on the defrost for the rear window the rear window and the rear window's electric sliding window shattered. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The contact informed the manufacturer who stated that in order to determine if the repair was covered by the warranty and or recall the contact would have to get the part number needed from the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated that there was two service bulletins that directly related to the failure of the vehicle. The approximate failure mileage 56,000. Gl.

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Failure Date: 12/23/2015

While driving on a local road (approx. 45 mph, raining, approx. 50 degrees outside) heard a sound that sounded like a gun shot. Looked around and didn't see anything next to me or behind me. When next stopped the truck got out to check to see if something happened to the truck body. Then realized the passenger side back rear window shattered. (it's a 3-part rear window. ) looking very closely, the glass spidered, starting from the bottom corner closest to the center window up to the opposite top corner. The glass spidered inside the car. Outside the glass, although still intact, was buckled facing out. At the time this happened, the rear window defroster was on. When got back in truck to travel home, during the drive the window broke with small pieces of glass falling all over the back seat. Very lucky that no one, family or pet, was in the backseat when this happened as would have been hit by broken glass. Believe this issue is related to rear defroster along with glass manufacturing. Contacted the local Ford dealership and since car is out of warranty they can fix but at least $1000. Contacted Ford motor company, no recall available.