the power seat motor seems to be frozen

Asked by May 13, 2015 at 12:21 PM about the 2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Power seat motor on my 2013 outback seems to be frozen - the feature that drives
the seat towards front or back - the seat is moved close to steering wheel and won't
move back. The lumbar, up & down, and seat back work.   It seems the motor is still
trying to work - as it "clicks" when car is turned off - so I've disconnected the car's
battery.    I've reconnected battery and same result - power seat motor is running and
seems frozen.  I've been keeping car's battery disconnected until I can disconnect the  
power seat harness.   I can't figure that out either!   Please help.

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Try this and its just a guess on my part, but, I have a hunch that it might be either too high or too low on the track to move forward or back. It could just be stuck. You said that the seat moves up and down normally, so, the motor is still working. If that doesn't work, maybe its off the track somewhere.

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