In this video we replace a rear wiper motor on the back of a Ford Escape. The vehicle also has a bad rear latch release and the tail gate does not open. -Enjoy!
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48 thoughts on “Ford escape: rear wiper motor repair”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Pugz Lee says:

    Anyone have the battery drain because of this motor going. Cause I think I am having that issue.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars mikeecho33 says:

    boom first 90 secs. I figured out what I forgot in my haste the wiper itself…
    thanks for posting 4 yrs later on

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Antonio Claudio Michael says:

    Good Repair Eric O @SouthMainAutoRepairLLC

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Antonio Claudio Michael says:

    Right before the Ratchet broke the Nut I thought the glass was going to shatter good work Eric O @SouthMainAutoRepairLLC

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kate R says:

    I'm trying this tomorrow, I've got the motor but didn't grab the nut. I'll be curious to see how far I get, lol. Super good video, thanks!

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Account Number says:

    My back wiper is sized as well. I heard people saying they replaced the motor only to get this issue again. Is there a way to bypass so I can get wiper spray at the front windshield

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars dizzlethewizard says:

    Any chance you know the part number for the replacement nut from ford?

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bob McElver says:

    Hahahaha……laughed my ass off……"Smells like an old man". I always hated the smell of that Castle glass cleaner…..reeks. When you said that, I cracked up laughing. When I worked for the county, they used that stuff exclusively and it has a distinct "stank" to it……puke….

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars frank waters says:

    where can i buy the motor, and what does it cost for a ford 2017 escape? thanks

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Born DIY says:

    Sister owns a 2010 Escape with bad rear wiper motor. Like your video and only scary part is taking off the nut holding wiper. Just for curiosity, I checked EBay for that plastic cover. You can buy the cover for like $7 or the complete wiper & arm for $10. Forget Ford Motor Parts. The motor sells on EBay from $65 to $70. I do a lot of EBay shopping but also some from Amazon. I do find for some same products Amazon priced higher.

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dave says:

    I've got a 2008 Ford Escape XLT and have replaced two batteries. I was happy to find some other posts about the rear wiper motor draining the battery, which explains two dead batteries. I am hopeful that by simply disconnecting the rear wiper the battery drain will stop.
    What do you think?

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael Ransdell says:

    Your videos are the best Eric my man! I just purchased a sweet 2010 limited and this was perfect for me, rear wiper was rusted so bad!

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars juan solis says:

    Thank you for your help, your friend Juan Solis Virginia

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars eric johnson says:

    What a piece of shite design. And it looks like the front washer gets its power from the back. Fuct

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars The ZONGO LOUNGE! says:

    Video was helpful thanks for posting I’m gonna give it a shot

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars LifeWulf says:

    I literally only needed this video to show me how to remove that cap. Wasn’t sure if just ripping it off was the correct move. My rear wiper motor works fine, but it is loose and just hangs down below the window if it snows too much.

    If all I’m doing it tightening the arm nut, do I need the WD-40? I have no other need for it.

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sheila Follis says:

    Your video just assisted me in changing the motor in my vehicle! Thanks a bunch!

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 1337penguinman says:

    Thankfully I live in California so I usually don't need to resort to pullers for wiper arms. In the few cases I have I actually just end up using one I have that's designed for battery terminals. Worked on everything so far. Just put a couple strips of painters tape down if you're worried about scratching up the glass.

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bri Arm says:

    What do you do if the main nut in the middle is rusted beyond getting it off with the 22 mm?

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars sloppy joe says:

    Milfs be like "he's a kind of mechanic I want to have sex with."

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gerry Rice says:

    whats so great about the mexican Ford OE wiper motor.

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike says:

    "Be Ginger".
    It's all fun and games 'til somebody wrecks a boat on a deserted isle.

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars KENTONCATRACHO says:

    Is replaced no fixed I think you fix the old one

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James Mahoney says:

    Very good video. Preparing for my own replacement and i feel you covered everything i might need. Tremendous, thanks

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert M says:

    It was what I needed to get the job done,thank you.

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Antonio Delacruz III says:

    Great video. I shattered my back glass on 2002 ford explorer sport. I bought replacement glass. The wiper motor has a pad that is glued to glass. What glass glue is recommended to glue glass to pass? The pad goes through the plastic motor housing

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chris Topher says:

    What are the electrical connections?
    I th8nk there is six?
    Thank you

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Will McGo says:

    The same thing happened to me when loosening the large nut; the motor cracked so the nut just spun and didn't come off. Difference was that I couldn't pull the nut and broken part off the end of the shaft because the stub on the end of the shaft was as big as the threaded part the large nut was seized onto. After looking at the new motor's shaft end and seeing how it was smaller, I realized that when I pulled the wiper arm off, the metal insert in the plastic arm didn't come off with the arm. When the arm is manufactured the metal insert may be ultrasonically pressed on or molded in place. The wiper arm was seized so well that its metal insert stayed with the motor shaft instead of remaining as part of the wiper arm. I ended up using some torch heat (after shielding the glass and other bits) then quenching it to free the insert from the shaft. Then I was able to pull the nut assembly off the end of the motor shaft and complete the motor replacement. Of course I need a new wiper arm now.
    Funny thing, when the rear wiper motor is unplugged the front washer pump doesn't work. I had unplugged the rear wiper motor after it killed the battery while the vehicle was parked. I could hear the motor trying to move, then it seemed like a circuit breaker would trip. Then it would reset and the process repeats. Until the battery was dead. Clever design Ford.
    Thanks for posting your video, it was very helpful to see how it should go before tackling the repair.

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars شموخ رجل says:

    I've done a good job 🔧🔧🔧🔩🔩

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars kimmarie WNY says:

    Thank you for sharing this video. My Escape back wiper arm seized up a week ago and for some reason was drawing power off the battery – broken switch maybe? All I needed was to find out how to disconnect the power source before getting to my mechanic for replacement. Because of your instructions I was able to take care of it in less than two minutes!

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars AlisterCountel says:

    Question! My motor isn't broken, but has a terrible whine, loud enough you can hear it even when the car is driving on highway. Do you know any way of tearing it down and lubricating at appropriate places, or am I better off just replacing it/dealing with it? The video was easy enough to follow on removal, but without any idea of how to tear it down or what I should and should not mess with, I thought it best to leave it alone.

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Richard Akins says:

    The whole time you were putting that nut on I was thinking "washerwasherwasher".

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Thuman says:

    When ordering parts for this job, got the warning not for my vehicle a 2003 Ford Escape. Seemed odd to me.

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jason Wulff says:

    Excellent video. Thank you for the information and instructions.

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tig3rj says:

    Greetings from Rochester here! I'm down in Avoca every Aug up in the hills at friends camp hunting grounds for party fun!

    Anyways, anyone looking for that cover part this is what I found – 8L8Z-17C526-B

    I have this same year Escape and the motor arm is no longer moving. I found out is seizes up on the inside and debating to put a new one in or take it a part and re-grease it up.

    I am really pissed about the rear fenders on these models freaking rusting out! Along with the hatch and the window hatch brackets..

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars JORGE GIL says:

    Where did you order the motor and do you have the specific reference? How much it cost?

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars MissyJ says:

    Hi… I was wondering, my rear wiper is not working on my Ford escape and also realized the back defroster is not working as well, does the motor have anything to do with it or its another issue?

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike Chiodetti says:

    Lucky with that glass!

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars B Baker says:

    Absolutely excellent video, professional in every respect. Just managed to pull wiper arm but having difficulty getting the outer nut off after 10 years of rust. The large outer nut Part 8L8Z 17481 A doesn’t come with replacement wiper motor and mine was rusted so badly it came off in pieces. Ford dealer had one in stock for $6.75 Cdn. He said that was second nut he sold today. I bought replacement wiper motor from R— Price and delivery to Canada was simply amazing, had it in 48 hours via FedEx, really unbelievable and half price of local parts store

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars B Baker says:

    My rear wiper motor seized as well and was drawing over 10 amps and quickly killed battery overnight. Rear wiper motor now disconnected and I can’t start a repair or replacement right now. I read elsewhere that this results in windshield washer pump to cease operation and I confirmed that today but fortunately the front wipers still operate. I can’t have that as winter is here in Ontario. Located a new one now just need a puller to get wiper arm off the motor spindle. WD-40 every day in the interim.

    This is an excellent video in every respect by a true professional willing to share his considerable skills.

    I had to do LH rear window hinge as well due to corrosion and the rear latch mechanism. The Ford engineers should be ashamed of their rear hatch mechanical designs.

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars sroalf says:

    There is a hook on the inside of the glass (to the left of the plastic container the wiper motor sits in) which connects to the wiper motor where the first 10mm nut is. Is that hook and metal plate part of the glass replacement? This broke off on my 2008 escape where it connects to the wiper motor so the window doesn't latch closed and can't find the thing anywhere. The glass assembly is over $300 so trying to make sure it has the piece I need. Thanks!

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dana Erskine says:

    What is the part number for the wiper nut? I couldn't see the whole number.

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lori Thomas says:

    Excellent video thanks!

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars G Lewis says:

    Can't get that large nut off on mine. It just spins. Any suggestions?

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ouarkie says:

    Eric, glad you didn't drop the nut on your foot like Mrs O did when she replaced her wiper motor. Lol.

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars MICHAEL LIOFAGOS says:

    Great video, lots of detailed information. The only small detail is it's actually a 2010 FORD ESCAPE LIMITED and not a 2011. Ford actually redesigned the rear windshield grab handle in 2011-2012. You nailed it with the additional replacement of the 2 rear window holders, they corrode from the inside out. Happy Easter to you all!!

  47. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael O says:

    You went berserk cleaning everything eXcept (special 'X' for you) the wiper arm?!

  48. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars J D says:

    Too bad too sad.

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