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Wiper Problems of Ford F-150 - part 1

Ford F-150 owners have reported 284 problems related to wiper (under the visibility category).

car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 1
Failure Date: 11/27/2016

Was heading to work around 750 a. M. And heard a loud pop, like a rock hitting a window. I checked all my windows and noticed my back driver side window was busted. At the time, I had my rear defroster on. I did not hit a pothole prior or during the event. I was traveling about 60 m. P. H.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 2
Failure Date: 10/30/2016

Started truck with remote(fob), yesterday morning. I needed to defrost my windows as well. On my way to work,twenty minutes later, I heard what sounded like a gun blast. I thought someone had shot my truck or threw a rock. I looked in my rearview window and the rear driver side window was shattered. I pulled into a parking lot and no signs of impact by a foreign object. The window was completely shattered. After researching this, I see that this seems to be a defective defroster contributing to spontaneous shattering of rear windows on the f150. I called the dealer and they're giving me "I've never heard of this" I'm not buying it. Also, if this had happened today, my small child would have been sitting right there. This is not okay and Ford should repair these for customers.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 3
Failure Date: 10/25/2016

During the start up of my 2013 Ford F-150, I proceeded to utilize the rear defroster to get the ice off the rear window. The rear window is comprised of 3 panels of glass, one on each side and the sliding window in the center. Last week, the rear defroster worked intermittently, after several attempts at depressing the button it would eventually turn on, not a week later it does not work at all. Thinking it was possibly the fuse or a problem with the button itself, I searched online to find out if there was something I could do, and found that this is a common issue and requires replacement of the entire back glass and that some had this covered under warranty. I called the Ford dealership and talked to the repair department and was told by the manager that he has the same vehicle and the same problem and that the only way to get the rear defrost to work is to replace the entire back glass and that the cost is around $2200. Searching online on the f150 forum boards finds that this is a common problem and the fix is replacement of the entire backglass. Because my vehicle has 50,000 miles and is past the 36,000 miles of the warranty it is not Fords problem. As this is a safety issue (visibility through back glass) I searched on the governments recall website here and found similar complaints and that many have also experienced the windowing cracking, spidering and exploding when using ¿ which tells me do not turn on the rear defrost for fear of a broken window exploding while im driving. This is a safety hazard as it distorts and skews my vision and ability to see out of it safely until I can attempt to have Ford rectify this issue.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2014 Ford F-150 4
Failure Date: 10/19/2016

Was driving on c-470 when I heard a loud gunshot noise. Did a quick assessment of windshield and vehicle in mirrors. Heard a crackling sound come from the sunroof. Pulled back visor and the sunroof was completely spider cracked. Got home looked at the sunroof from the roof at eye line and noticed a bulge coming from the inside of the vehicle, like too much pressure built up inside the truck and exploded through the sunroof.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2008 Ford F-150 5
Failure Date: 10/16/2016

The contact owns a 2008 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 55 mph, the driver's side window collapsed inside the door. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The contact also stated that the passenger side window collapsed a month ago. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated there was defective hardware inside the door that needed replacement. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 166,400.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2010 Ford F-150 6
Failure Date: 10/10/2016

Got into vehicle for 1 mile trip to train station, outside weather conditions were 46 deg. F and overcast. Turned on windshield defrost - both front and rear. After about 10 minutes of sitting in the parked vehicle off of the street, at 5:23am, the passenger side rear window popped very loudly. When investigated, the rear window was shattered.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 7
Failure Date: 10/03/2016

The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, there was a loud bang noise coming from the vehicle. The contact discovered that the driver side rear panel window shattered. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 47,000.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 8
Failure Date: 10/02/2016

Rear glass window on 2011 f150 with power slider- driver side back quarter glass shattered, while driving. Rear defroster was on. I have researched this issue and have seen many complaints reported online. I am glad my children weren't in the back seat at the time this happened and it stayed in the frame and did not blow out/into the rear vehicle passenger area.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2016 Ford F-150 9
Failure Date: 09/20/2016

When driving in morning sun, there are thousand of small specks that appear in the windshield making it extremely difficult to see through. Picture attached of this condition by pointing truck (not moving) into morning sun. Windshield is absolutely clean inside and out and these specks are only present in morning sun. Ford indicates this is normal on all their trucks.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 10
Failure Date: 08/22/2016

While opening the sunroof it binds on passenger side and does not open. The sunroof was to be manually manipulated to close while holding down the motor button. Ford has issued a TSB, but if this is a widespread problem, a recall should be issued.

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Failure Date: 08/09/2016

Went out to truck one afternoon and the driver side back window was completely shattered. No previous damage or cracks. No apparent damage to vehicle or marks on window. Window was bowed slightly outward with a "crack" going from one corner to the other through the spider webbing. Weather has been quite warm recently, appears to be a stress fracture most likely due to temperature.

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Failure Date: 07/04/2016

The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 5 mph, the rear driver's window shattered without warning. The dealer stated that the vehicle was no longer under warranty. The contact had the window replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 83,000.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 13
Failure Date: 06/23/2016

2012 f150 ecoboost rear power window shattered spontaneously after turning on defrost. Vehicle was stationary at the time and has 38,000 miles on it. Ford motor company has refused any compensation for this known problem documented by multiple other Ford f150 owners. My local dealership documented and photographed the shattered window. I will be out of pocket $1000 to repair this. Time for Ford motor CO to admit a problem here and issue a recall.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2016 Ford F-150 14
Failure Date: 06/14/2016

I have two windows on my 2016 Ford f 150. Passenger side up and down window moon roof on the passenger side the two above mentioned cracks/stress are with in 18 inches of each other. The passenger up and down window is now cracked from left to right.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 15
Failure Date: 05/20/2016

The contact owns a 2015 Ford F-150. While driving various speeds with all the doors locked, the front driver and passenger side doors failed to remain locked. In addition, the window lock on the driver side door was engaged, but failed when the vehicle reached higher speeds. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the vehicle was operating as designed. The vehicle was not repaired and the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 12,000.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 16
Failure Date: 05/19/2016

Warming my truck up to leave for work this morning. Turned on windshield defroster and rear window defroster to remove heavy dew. Rear defroster turned on for about 10 seconds and shut off by it self. While driving I noticed it had turned off, pushed the button again and it did not turn on. About 2 minutes later I heard a loud "pop" and looked in my rear view mirror to see that the right rear window had shattered.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 17
Failure Date: 05/12/2016

Back passenger side back glass just shattered this am. Temperature was about 60, raining, humid in the cabin, with rear defroster on. After parking the truck, I shut it off, then heard a very loud pop, like a rock hit my glass. I got out and viewed the glass from the outside, and there appeared to be smoke coming from the mid-line, lowest point of the glass. The frame was dry in only this area, and the shatter webs out from this area.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2010 Ford F-150 18
Failure Date: 04/28/2016

Drivers mirror was foggy due to early morning moisture. Turned on my heated mirrors which are also connected to the rear sliding window defroster. About 2 minutes later while driving I heard a loud sound, like a gunshot. The passenger side back glass had shattered due to the defroster imbedded in the glass.

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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.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 20
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.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2016 Ford F-150 21
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 22
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 23
Failure Date: 03/27/2016

Rear passenger window shattered after turning on rear window defrost.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 24
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.

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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.