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My drivers side power seat (on a 2004 Outback) is malfunctioning. It moves up and down, but not back to front. I've checked underneath the seat. There's nothing jamming the seat, no wires or sockets loose. How can I diagnose whether this is a problem with the switch or the motor? Any advice on how to proceed?

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For $5-$10 you can buy a 12 volt test light at auto store or hardware store if you don't already have one. Multimeter will work too. Probe (poke) wires going to motor for power when you hit switch. Should light up on one, when switch one way, and other wire when switch pushed other way. Just reverses polarity to move motor in different direction. If no power on any, then I'd go to switch and poke for wire with constant power at one of the terminals. If constant source going into switch, but nothing getting to motor, then I'd replace switch.

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