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Bench Test explorer 1998 rear wiper motor

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Having problems with my rear wiper motor onf ford explorer 1998. Sometomes it works sometimes it doesn't. Currently want to bench test motor unit and then work backwards....how do I bench test it? Four wires coming from unit Black, black &Blue, White&orange, purple & yellow....which wires do I use to run 12 volts thru to ensure motor is OK?

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  • six-of-ten Jul 20, 2008

    The rear wiper motor on my explorer quit working months ago. I would also appreciate any information on this problem.

  • Gettin Old Nov 28, 2008

    1998 Ford Explorer XLT: Rear wiper stopped working, replaced the motor. One month later it stopped working again, replaced motor under warranty. Worked good until I replaced the blade and then worked intermittently. Close examination showed new replacement blade was about an inch shorter. The blade was being caught on the edge of the rear window glass and jammed up. Replaced 14 inch blade with one that was actually 14 inches versus 13 inches and everything now works. Bottom line: Cheap wiper motors made in Mexico and cheap replacement blades that are shorter than required.

  • Johnsparks Nov 29, 2008

    Have same problem intermittently. Discovered moving the line(wire) leading to the wiper at the top of the door from the main body at the hinge corrects the problem sometimes which must be the result of a loose or broken connection.

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    WINDOW DONT GO DOWN

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    Black to black, red to red, and the orange wire to the yellow wire on the Vantage?

  • Anonymous Apr 01, 2014

    rear wiper will not work

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Power is wht/or & blk/blu. to make the wiper move both left and right across window, it alternates positive and negative polarity.

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