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Subaru outback all wheel drive electric seat switch stuck

The switch that moves the seat forward is not working it will move it back but not forward.

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I just went through and determined it was the switch. My wife had accidentally moved the seat almost all of the way forward - and the reverse did not work at all - she was very cramped. After going thru fuses and seeing that none were blown I looked for loose wiring under the seat and found none. I was about to pull the seat when I stopped and decide to pull the side cover first. Item 5 in the photo below. Once that was off access to the switch was easy - item 3. The box actually contains a set of 3 switch housings each with 2 switches on it - total of 6 for each direction. I unplugged the large connector to this switch. Then I cut some wire off of a roll of wire i had in the garage and stripped both ends. I put one wire into the power contact (red) and the other into ground (black) and then took the other end of both wires and connected them across the other contacts in the connector. Pretty quickly I could determine which pair of contacts controlled which motor. I got the right combination that allowed me to operate the seat-reverse motor and get the seat back into the right position... problem solved. I still need to find a replacement switch box at a junk yard but no hurry now that the seat is back to a comfortable position.




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Posted on Sep 16, 2012

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  • Larry Kelly
    Larry Kelly Feb 22, 2014

    Shaun, Thanks. I going though exactly the same problem for exactly the same reason

  • Brady Teuscher
    Brady Teuscher Sep 09, 2014

    Hey Shaun, I've done most of the steps you described. However, if I touch the "ground" and "power" testing wires to the same contact it just sparks. Can you explain a little more on the wires, and where to touch them?

  • Shaun Anderson Oct 19, 2014

    Hmmm, If I recall correctly i got a small spark as well but the motor engaged. If you don't find a combination that works your motor may be fried? That seems unlikely though. Are you sure you didn't accidentally short power to ground?

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My drivers seat adjustment switch for positioning the seat foward and back has stop working. How can I get the seat to move back ? and where can I find a replacement switch ?

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Sounds like the switch, rather than the motor.

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