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I have a 1996 Subaru Legacy Wagon. Passenger side power window will only operate in one direction. If you switch the wires at the motor connection (reverse the DC polarity) it will operate in the other direction. Both window switches ohm out good and have the correct voltage when actuated. I am trying to avoid pulling the window motor as it appears to be operating correctly. Any ideas??? Thanks

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You can try to force it back up. If the cable has fallen off the motor you can remove the door panel and cut the cable, then try to wedge something inside the door itself to hold the window up until you can fix it properly.
You will know if it's the switch if you take a multi-meter set to read DC voltage and put one probe on the motor wire and the other on an unpainted chassis part or bolt. If the voltage reads around or above 12V (Positive or negative, depending on how you orient the probes on the meter & which way you flick the switch) when you flick the switch, then the switch is good. If no voltage gets to the motor when the switch is thrown, it's the motor. You can also use a cheap battery tester like the ones from NAPA to test the switch. They're pretty much a 12V light bulb that will illuminate if the circuit is complete.
However you can bypass the switch and supply power to the widow motor. The positive and negative wires must both connect to the motors terminal connection for the motor to work. Holding one wire on the body of the motor and connecting one to terminal connection on the motor will not run the motor. If the motor runs down, reverse the wires. If you can not reach the motor to disconnect the plug for access to the terminals because of the windows position,you can either take the easy way out and splice into the wires close to the motor,or a little harder, but better for the wires, is to find a connection in the harness that you can unplug to gain access the motor wires.
Don't forget to try the switch both ways.

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