Dismiss Notice



Register Today It's free! This box and some ads will disappear once registered!

how do i change the rear wiper blade??

Discussion in 'Stock 1995 - 2001 Explorers' started by Vikram, January 9, 2015.

^^Searches ExplorerForum.com^^





  1. Vikram

    Vikram New Member

    Joined:
    November 14, 2014
    Messages:
    30
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    6
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    1995 Ford Explorer XLT 4W
    i know this is a stupid ass question, but i cant figure it out and im going crazy!

    I got the front 2 done with no problem, but the rear one is just insane. according to guides i read online it should be the same, but it has this weird pin and i cant figure out how to get the old one off and the new one on...i cant find any releasing tab or anything, also the fact that its way below freezing isn't helping either :/

    btw any recommendations for wiper blades? I got the napa store brand a couple years ago, and its meh, still seems to leave a film on my windows. thinking of getting motorcraft for my rear and bosch icons for my front, how are those?
     
  2. Support EF

    Join the Elite Explorers for $20

    Explorer Forum has probably saved you that much already, and will continue to save you money as you learn how to diagnose fix problems yourself and learn which modifications work without having to experiment on your own. Elite Explorer members see practically no ads, can add their own profile photo, upload photo attachments in all forums, and Media Gallery, create more private Conversations, and more. Join Today. Your support is greatly appreciated.



  3. koda2000

    koda2000 Explorer Addict

    Joined:
    September 2, 2011
    Messages:
    13,030
    Likes Received:
    1,096
    Trophy Points:
    143
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    x
    that depends on what type of arm you have and what type of blade you have. I'm not sure which type of rear arm a '95 has. there are 2 basic types, the "bayonet" style and the "hook" style. which do you have? I'm guessing the hook style as that's what most 90's and newer vehicles used.

    normally, to remove the blade from the hook style you lift the arm, rotate the blade 90 degrees and it should push off toward the arm's attachment/pivot point. sometimes there's a small release button you have to depress to release the blade. if the blade has been on there a while it can be hard o slide off, because of dirt buildup in the hook. if so, some force will be required to get it to slide.

    some blades (like Bosch Innovation's) have a cover which must be released in order to get the blade off.

    I just looked at my '97 and it has the bayonet style rear arm. this style uses a metal spring strip to lock the blade to the bayonet pin, which has a depression its center. to release this type you have to lift the spring clip to get the blade to pull off. sometimes there's a tab you press, sometimes you have to use a small pick or screw driver to release the clip. with dirt and rust buildup this type of blade can be stubborn to get off. the new one will just snap into place.
     
    Last edited: January 9, 2015
  4. joe doe

    joe doe Active Member

    Joined:
    April 10, 2003
    Messages:
    646
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    16
    City, State:
    slatington,pa
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2000 ex sport 4.0 ohv
    dont sweat it ,they never clear the window worth a dam anyway ,new blade or not .
     
  5. Camacorn

    Camacorn B

    Joined:
    November 11, 2014
    Messages:
    142
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    City, State:
    Inverness, Florida
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    1997 Mountaineer 5.0 H.O.
  6. SoNic67

    SoNic67 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    January 24, 2010
    Messages:
    3,053
    Likes Received:
    12
    Trophy Points:
    48
    City, State:
    Newport News, VA
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2001 V8 (Eddie Bauer) AWD
    ^ My new wiper arm and blade clean the window good too...
     
  7. Vikram

    Vikram New Member

    Joined:
    November 14, 2014
    Messages:
    30
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    6
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    1995 Ford Explorer XLT 4W
    Yeah I got the pin version, it actually ended up breaking off (live in MN and its been like 5 degrees F on average this week and it was breaking this week but yesterday I turned it on and it just broke off.

    I agree tbh, on pretty much ALL SUV's I've seen in my life, even on my friends new buick rendezvous, rear wipers don't seem to do a good job, I got a bosch microedge and yeah it wipes just fine but still leaves a film, and then I went to the ford dealer and got the motorcraft blade...same thing. and it's not like the arm's rusted or anything, and its not bent or having trouble making any contact...its just somethings ya gotta accept in life....however living up here wiper blades in general won't last you more than 1 season regardless of if you spent 5 bucks on one or 50 bucks... when you spit on the ground and it turns to ice before hitting the floor, you are screwed no matter what you do.
     
  8. joe doe

    joe doe Active Member

    Joined:
    April 10, 2003
    Messages:
    646
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    16
    City, State:
    slatington,pa
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2000 ex sport 4.0 ohv
    the explorers i have driven(sports) all have the motor in the hatch with a arm that reaches to the glass and they just dont hit the glass with enough tension to really do even a mediocre job .(always missed a big area)
    now if you have a rear glass wiper that sits on the glass itself with no arm those do a pretty good job .but i dont think any explorers have those .
    so it was never a big concern of mine .
    in the winter the arm and blade would freeze to the parking rest and wouldnt move anyway..lol...
     
  9. SoNic67

    SoNic67 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    January 24, 2010
    Messages:
    3,053
    Likes Received:
    12
    Trophy Points:
    48
    City, State:
    Newport News, VA
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2001 V8 (Eddie Bauer) AWD
    I drove 5 years with my arm not working right (bought the truck already 7 year old, never had a new car), because I thought the same. Until I decided to spend $25 and get a new arm and surprise - it did work on whole window.
     
  10. Camacorn

    Camacorn B

    Joined:
    November 11, 2014
    Messages:
    142
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    City, State:
    Inverness, Florida
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    1997 Mountaineer 5.0 H.O.
    From 1991-1997 they had the hatch mounted blade ( like my Mountaineer ), and from 1998+ they had the glass mounted blade.

    Personally mine cleans the window great, no streaks, film, or missed spots.
     
  11. koda2000

    koda2000 Explorer Addict

    Joined:
    September 2, 2011
    Messages:
    13,030
    Likes Received:
    1,096
    Trophy Points:
    143
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    x
    the hatch mounted arm continued through 2001 on Explorers/Mountaineers.

    2001 Explorer below:

    109_0043.jpg
     
  12. Camacorn

    Camacorn B

    Joined:
    November 11, 2014
    Messages:
    142
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    City, State:
    Inverness, Florida
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    1997 Mountaineer 5.0 H.O.
  13. Varsity

    Varsity Don't need no stinkin 4WD...yet Elite Explorer

    Joined:
    January 4, 2011
    Messages:
    615
    Likes Received:
    24
    Trophy Points:
    28
    City, State:
    Chicago Ridge, IL
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    '00 Sport
    Was it a Sport? I think the '03 Sports have a window mounted wiper.
     
  14. koda2000

    koda2000 Explorer Addict

    Joined:
    September 2, 2011
    Messages:
    13,030
    Likes Received:
    1,096
    Trophy Points:
    143
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    x
    I just saw a picture of an '01 Sport on eBay. It still has the wiper arm on the liftgate, so I don't know what the OP saw. Whatever it was, it must have been an '02 or newer.

    01sport.jpg
     
    Last edited: January 12, 2015
  15. SoNic67

    SoNic67 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    January 24, 2010
    Messages:
    3,053
    Likes Received:
    12
    Trophy Points:
    48
    City, State:
    Newport News, VA
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2001 V8 (Eddie Bauer) AWD
    My 4 door Explorer is 2001 and has the wiper below the window, as in the above picture.
     
  16. joe doe

    joe doe Active Member

    Joined:
    April 10, 2003
    Messages:
    646
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    16
    City, State:
    slatington,pa
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2000 ex sport 4.0 ohv
    last year for the sport was 2003, body style changed started in 2001 . so it only lasted another 2 years .
     
  17. EndGame410

    EndGame410 New Member

    Joined:
    February 15, 2014
    Messages:
    20
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    City, State:
    CLemson, SC
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    1996 Explorer Sport 2WD
    My sister's 03 Sport has the wiper on the window, but my 96 has it on the liftgate. I'm guessing it was put there on the 3rd Gen Explorers, but not the 2.5 Gen.
    But now on to my question: is there a special kind of blade I should get for my rear wiper? Or is it the standard kind? I've never replaced a bayonet style blade before, so is there a specific kind of blade I need to buy or do standard ones have a hole for the pin?
     
  18. koda2000

    koda2000 Explorer Addict

    Joined:
    September 2, 2011
    Messages:
    13,030
    Likes Received:
    1,096
    Trophy Points:
    143
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    x
    pretty much any blade you buy should come with different mounting pieces for the j-hook or pin-style arms. I just bought a cheap 13" blade for the rear of my '97 at AutoZone and it came with the pin-style adaptor.
     
    Last edited: January 27, 2015

Share This Page







We Support Our Troops!