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Electric seat motor switch...no move back

Electric seat will not move back. all other adjustments work including forward. seat is at full forward...I'm 6'1". which wires need jumped (or grounded) to bypass switch?

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  • mvanvoorhis0 Apr 22, 2009

    thanks for the quick response ewiz, but I already new this. I am trying to get my knees off the dash to drive down to junkyard. And since i've learned my lesson about moving the seat, if i could return it to full back, I'd never touch the switch again. anyone else?

  • gsemx Apr 25, 2009

    I have the same problem. 2001 Ford F250. Power driver seat will do everything but move back. The seat is full forward now. How can I get it back manually?

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    drlansb6453 Nov 19, 2012

    These responses verified MY theory. The problem was that my wife took the mechanic's word over mine (He's the professional, so he knows what he's talking about) Y'all know the deal. LOL

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    Is it the fuse or the seat motor.?

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The problem is the switch, replace it.

Posted on Apr 21, 2009

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    yadayada Apr 22, 2009

    I gave u the correct answer, do this on my own time free of charge, just trying to help. Why the Thanks for trying?

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Cross the wires...from the switch to the motors...since the switch works one way, but not the other. Instead if cutting cable/wire, try a jumper (another wire) and cross the connection at the plug to the switch. I have same problem...I reversed switch as mentioned above, to move seat back.

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