Power seat not moving forward

My passenger's side power seat won't go forward.
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Hello. It sounds like you may have some problems with the seat on you car. Sometimes the motor that actuates the seat can burn out. I would recommend having a technician from YourMechanic come out and inspect the seat, and fix or replace what is necessary.

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If you press the power seat switch and the seat doesn`t move, then the switch may be faulty. The fault could be the result of a severed wire in the switch or a dead fuse. Either way, you should take your car to a certified technician to have the switch examined and repaired.
If the seat still won`t move forward, there could be an issue with the motor or tracks. Try lubricating the tracks with WD-40 or another lubricant. If that doesn`t work, you may need to replace the motor (which can be done yourself if you`re handy).
You can manually move a power seat using one of the following methods: The winder: Find the seat`s motor, which will likely be at the back left or back right of the seat. Turn the motor winder to the left to move the seat forward or to the right to move the seat backward.
Shake the seat or use some extra force. When a seat is stuck, it`s often because the locking mechanism did not engage properly, so shaking it can click it back into place. Apply lubricant to the tracks. Store-bought lubricants are preferred, but something like olive oil can work in a pinch.
It sounds like the adjuster motor is failing, seat track is binding, or the switch has failed. Check for power and ground to the motor while using the switch; if they are available upon command, then the motor is faulty and in need of replacement.
One of the biggest signs your power seat switch is going bad or failing is the seat does not move when you push the switch. The seat may not move forward or backwards, or in any of the directions it is meant to move. If the seat is not moving at all, check the fuses to see if they have blown.
The most likely cause is that the seat tracks are dirty or blocked. Another possibility is that the seat motor is damaged. In either case, you`ll need to take your car to a mechanic for diagnosis and repair. Dirty or Blocked Seat Tracks The first thing to check if your seat won`t move back and forth is the tracks.
It sounds like the adjuster motor is failing, seat track is binding, or the switch has failed. Check for power and ground to the motor while using the switch; if they are available upon command, then the motor is faulty and in need of replacement.
One of the biggest signs your power seat switch is going bad or failing is the seat does not move when you push the switch. The seat may not move forward or backwards, or in any of the directions it is meant to move. If the seat is not moving at all, check the fuses to see if they have blown.

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