The Ford Explorer has become a staple for American families due to its roomy interior, good driving dynamics, high-tech interior, and modern design. These advantages make it a perfect vehicle for long road trips. The Explorer is also a pretty safe vehicle, but safety is not only an obligation that manufacturers should abide by – drivers should too. Wipers are often overlooked in this category but can be extremely important for safety. Here you will read about everything there is to know about wipers for the Ford Explorer.
What Size Windshield Wipers do I Need for Ford Explorer?
Through the years, Ford has changed the size of the front wiper blades and rear wiper blades on the Ford Explorer. That’s why, when you need to replace them, it is recommended to check in the owner’s manual, or even better, measure them.
Or you can try the easiest way – check our website! We have information about every generation of Ford Explorer – just be sure that you know the model year and you’ll be good to go.
Ford Explorer Wiper size chart
|Year||Driver Side||Passenger Side||Front||Rear|
|2003||x||x||18″ or 22″||13″ or 14″ or 16″|
|2002||x||x||18″ or 22″||13″ or 14″ or 16″|
|2001||x||x||18″||13″ or 14″|
|2000||x||x||18″||13″ or 14″|
|1999||x||x||18″||13″ or 14″|
|1998||x||x||18″||13″ or 14″|
|1997||x||x||18″||13″ or 14″|
Different Types of Wiper Blades
Not all wiper blades are created equal. There are several different types of wiper blades available on the market right now, some better than the others. However, every wiper blade should be able to successfully remove rain, snow, dirt, bugs and road grime from your windshield or the back window. In order to better understand wipers, here are all the different types available:
- Frame-Style – the most common wiper blades on the market, made from halogen-hardened rubber helped by squeegees. These work great in most conditions, but beware that some are better than others;
- Beam-Style – a newer technology that’s better at fighting contaminants, such as dirt or grime. They are also longer-lasting, but on the other hand, cost more than frame-style wiper blades;
- Snow (or winter) wiper blades – work better at lower “near freezing” temperatures due to the additional rubber shell;
- Heated wiper blades – for areas with very cold winters, heated wipers are the newest solution. These use heat to defrost the wiper blade if frozen.
Please note that some manufacturers offer new technologies that aren’t available by others. Some of them offer benefits but be prepared to pay more.
How to Replace the Wipers on Ford Explorer?
Replacing the wipers on your Ford Explorer is a very easy task, especially if you have done this before. If not, check our step-by-step guide below, which is applicable to all wipers on the Explorer.
- Turn your vehicle to “ON” but with the engine off;
- Turn on the wipers. When they reach their most vertical position, turn your vehicle completely off. This is needed so that it is easier to work on the wipers;
- Pull the wipers towards the front of the Explorer;
- Push the back of the wiper down if you have OEM wipers, or the front if they are aftermarket. The tab on the wiper is held by two small wings and should easily pop out;
- Install the new wiper by pushing toward the tab. It should pop into place easily;
Repeat the same steps for all wipers and you’re good to go!