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Wiper Problems of Ford F-150 - part 1



Ford F-150 owners have reported 263 problems related to wiper (under the visibility category).

car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 1
Failure Date: 04/26/2016

A crack appeared on 4/26/16 beginning at the lower seal of the windshield, and extending about 8" upward. The crack was first noted after the vehicle was stationary for approximately 4 hours. There are no nicks present that might indicate this was caused by road debris.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 2
Failure Date: 04/15/2016

After rear defrost was activated while driving to work in the morning there was a very loud bang and the drivers side rear window broke and spidered. This occurred on April 15 2016. Temp was about 35 deg f. Note rear window was replaced once already in 2013 for the rear defrost not working.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2016 Ford F-150 3
Failure Date: 04/15/2016

Concerned about windshield not being thick/strong enough in 2016 f150s due to cameras/sensors behind the glass. I have a 2016 Ford f150 platinum, purchased new in December, 2015. Current mileage is under 4k miles. This vehicle has the 701a package, which includes lane keeping and 360 degree camera systems. Within one month of purchase, the windshield was chipped due to a small rock hitting it while driving on the highway. This chip developed into an 18" crack within 24 hours. The windshield was replaced by safelite with an oem replacement - the exact same windshield as was installed by the factory. Now a month later, a small rock hit the windshield and again chipped this new windshield - and within 24 hours, that chip turned into a 12" crack across the driver's sight line of the windshield. I believe this should be investigated.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 4
Failure Date: 03/29/2016

Rear window shattering due to rear defrost temp in the 30's, started my truck, turned on the front & rear defrost for a few minutes before leaving the driveway. Heard a loud pop from behind me. My drivers side rear window was shattered. I immediately turned off the defrost, and turned off my car. Good thing I hadn't put my child in the car seat before the defroster caused the glass to shatter. I never put the vehicle in gear, stayed stationary.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 5
Failure Date: 03/27/2016

Rear passenger window shattered after turning on rear window defrost.

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Failure Date: 03/24/2016

It snowed some last night, this morning I started my truck and attempted to turn on the rear window defroster, but the light would not turn on. (I have the 3 panel window with a sliding rear window in the center) after some investigation online, I cannot convince myself to try and use the defroster again because of the risk of the window exploding. Now not being able to use the defroster is also causing a visibility issue when the window fogs up. It makes it very difficult to switch lanes and merge. It requires a lot of trust in the side mirrors which do not provide enough visibility to make the safest decisions when merging in traffic. My truck was stationary when I was trying to get the rear defroster/defogger to turn on, and I attempted several times, including shutting the engine off and starting it again. Ford should know of this problem with all the complaints on forums and several dealers know of this issue as well. Ford will not cover parts for this because they say its a part of the glass, which is not covered in warranty. I am writing this in hope to get NHTSA to review these windows before mine may implode and cause glass to shatter all over the back seat which may have people in it when it could occur.


car image   Wiper problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 7
Failure Date: 03/24/2016

On March 24, 2016 I started my vehicle and activated rear defrost as there had been some light snow build up. Within a few moments I was traveling down the road at approx 45 mph. About two minutes later I heard a loud bang that sounded like a gun shot. This was a bit startling and my reaction immediately caused me to swerve into the adjacent lane of traffic. I quickly pulled to the side of the road and noticed that the right rear window had shattered. The slider and left side did not break, only the right. This could have turned out much worse had there been a vehicle driving next to me at the time. Very scary experience and potentially very dangerous.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 8
Failure Date: 03/23/2016

I remote started my F-150 supercrew in the morning, it was approximately 22 degrees f outside. I drove to the corner store (0. 1 miles away) to grab a bite to eat. I turned my truck off, went in, then started my truck back up to head to the gas station (0. 2 miles away) & fueled up. I turned my truck back on and hit the rear defrost button to clear some ice on the rear window. After driving for about 3-4 minutes (roughly 3 miles), while on the freeway, I heard a loud "pop". I noticed that the rear window had shattered. It was the window pane located behind the driver seat. There was no impact to the window and would've been extremely unlikely since I was driving. Must be an electrical issue (a short, a surge, or something). My truck is out of the 3 year warranty window, but has just under 22,000 miles on it. The dealership would not pay a penny to replace my window. I called the Ford customer care line and they stand behind the dealer decision to not pay anything for it. This is clearly an issue with their vehicles. I've searched this site and seen the same problems on 2010 - 2015 models of the F-150. This problem is not being addressed what-so-ever by Ford. What happens after I get this window replaced and use the defroster, only to have my new window shatter as well? I guess I have to pay for that one too. My grandmother and grandfather worked for Ford. My family has been long time Ford customers. This is my third Ford vehicle. That trend has just ended. Considering a trade in to chevy or Dodge.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 9
Failure Date: 03/14/2016

Started up truck, windows were foggy so turned on front and rear defrost. Rear defrost light came on and went off. Pushed rear defrost button again and light would not come on. Parked the truck got out and heard a loud pop. Rear window driver side completely shattered. There is no impact and believe the rear defrost is defective and shorted out causing the rear window to shatter. Was not covered under Ford extended warranty and dealer wanted $950 to replace.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 10
Failure Date: 03/12/2016

The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. Without warning, the windshield wiper blades failed to shut off and damaged the windshield. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the windshield wiper motor prematurely failed. The part was replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 22,000.


 
car image   Wiper problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 11
Failure Date: 03/10/2016

The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. The contact stated while entering the vehicle and closing the front driver side door, the rear passenger side window fractured without any impact. The contact informed the dealer, who stated that the window needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 12
Failure Date: 03/06/2016

I was sitting stationary at a red light in sugar land, texas. I had the rear window defroster on, and I heard a loud "pop", almost like a gunshot. I looked in my rearview mirror and saw my driver side rear window was shattered. Upon further checking, there was no external damage to the window. After reading numerous posts online, it appears there is an issue with this occurring. I believe the rear window defroster heated the glass too much, causing the window to shatter. Pieces of glass fell into my daughter's carseat. Had she been sitting there, she would have been covered in glass.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 13
Failure Date: 03/05/2016

3/5/ after starting my 2013 f150 XLT remotely to warm up, I proceeded to back down my driveway. I heard a loud pop which startled me enough to stop thinking I may have hit something (I did not). Upon inspection, I found the drivers side portion of the three piece sliding rear window was shattered. I looked online and found this to be a common occurence linked to the rear defroster.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 14
Failure Date: 03/04/2016

Driving on 03/04/2016, 7:45 a. M. , 26 degrees f. Heard loud bang. Rear driver's side window of powerslide unit had shattered and spiderwebbed over whole surface. No signs of any impact.

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Failure Date: 03/03/2016

Tl-the contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while reversing the rear window shattered. The vehicle was taken to a independent mechanic where the failure was undetermined. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 25,000. Ak.

car image   Wiper problem of the 1997 Ford F-150 16
Failure Date: 03/02/2016

The contact owns a 1997 Ford F-150. While driving at 60 mph, the windshield washer independently activated and obstructed the contact's visibility. In addition, the windshield wipers were activated, but failed to function. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 200,000.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 17
Failure Date: 02/23/2016

Rear window shattered as a result of faulty defrost system. Vehicle was in motion with defrost activated. Window shattered producing a loud pop. Defrost failed to work going forward and spider web in window was apparent once damage was inspected.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 18
Failure Date: 02/23/2016

I was driving on the highway on my way to work and all the sudden a noise that sounded loud like a gun shot went off and my driver side rear window had just shattered.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 19
Failure Date: 02/18/2016

Intermittent problems with the rear defrost last couple of months. Then, last night, the temperature was about 20f. I turned rear defrost on and the light for the defroster went out and wouldn't turn back on. A couple of minutes later, I heard a loud bang from the back and the passenger's side stationary window pane was shattered.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2016 Ford F-150 20
Failure Date: 02/17/2016

My auto driver side view mirror defaults to a position which I cannot see behind me every time I use the vehicle. I was told by the dealership that Ford may have intentionally set the mirror to behave this way. I forget to adjust the side view mirrors with each entry and realize the mirror is not adjusted after I am already backing, so I have to slam my brakes to stop the vehicle so that I can adjust the mirror to back safely.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2010 Ford F-150 21
Failure Date: 02/15/2016

Was operating the rear window defogger and the rear passenger side section of the power rear window slider shattered. The local Ford dealer acknowledged it is a problem but Ford has not recalled. The local window repair company said that most times it is the passenger side that shatters. The truck is out of warranty and repair is not covere.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 22
Failure Date: 02/14/2016

I own a 2013 Ford F-150, fx4 ecoboost, while driving in regular conditions on a tropical weather, a few minutes after turning on the rear window defroster I heard a loud noise, like a gunshot, then realize the rear (driver side) window of my truck had shattered spontaneously. Upon inspection there were no signs of impact on either side. I was really concerned because I had a toddler sitting on a car seat in the middle of the backseat. After looking up in the internet I found dozens of people that have experienced the same issue most of them with a negative response from the dealers. As of now I'm trying to work the issue out with an authorized dealership in my local area. But if I get a negative response, I'll have to go thru my insurance and pay a premium increase since the cost of repairs are around $1,200. 00. Ford and the window manufacturer carlite should definitely look into this issue and respond for this fault.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 23
Failure Date: 02/12/2016

Driving at approximately 40 mph and turned on rear glass defroster. A loud bang was heard and discovered the rear passenger side glass had shattered.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 24
Failure Date: 02/11/2016

A short in the rear defroster has caused my window to shatter. This happened for no reason conditions were clear and temp was about 6 degrees f.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 25
Failure Date: 02/11/2016

Drivers side section of the rear sliding glass (there are 3 sections of glass) has imploded into hundreds of small pieces of glass. The glass is still holding in place, but it would not take much to make it collapse. Nothing hit the glass or put it in a bind. Normal street/highway driving. The vehicle was stationary/parked when the implosion occurred.