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Mitsubishi Diamante LS: 2004 Mitsubishi diamante drivers seat

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2004 Mitsubishi diamante drivers seat everything seems to work but reverse. Any ideas on how to get the seat to move back. It is a little to at forward to drive comfortably
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Mitsubishi
Expert:  Doug replied 2 years ago.
If other directions are working your only plausible scenarios here are a bad switch or a bad motor in the seat.
If the seat moves forward still without any unusual noises, then the switch is your most likely issue. In the mean time you can reverse the polarity to the motor (identify the fore/aft motor by touch while moving forward, then reverse the wires on the connector). Then pushing the switch for forward will cause the motor to move the seat backward.
Then at your convenience you can get a replacement switch for the seat (and of course switch the wires back on the motor connector).
However if the seat does not move forward or makes unusual noises when moving forward, then there is a problem with the motor or track. In this situation a replacement seat track is the only option (you can not buy the motors separately, nor can you buy a bare seat track if the gears are damaged). Last I checked the seat frames were not currently available for these, but were well over priced anyway (nearly $1000). In this instance, getting your hands on a used seat would be the most affordable solution. They can often be found for $25-50 in some cases (particularly if the seat material is in poor shape), then you can transfer the parts you need to your seat, or if you need the seat frame you can transfer your seat back and lower cushion to the new frame so everything still matches.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
It does move forward. So where is the switch located and where can I get a new one to fix it thanks
Expert:  Doug replied 2 years ago.
That's great, as that is a MUCH easier fix and cheaper part as well.
The switch is part you are grabbing to move the seat around... it is mounted just behind that panel, the little plastic rockers you move pop right off of it. Once they are removed you should see the philips screws holding it on (they normally go through the trim bezel) then the switch drops out the back of the seat frame/trim.
These are still a bit pricey (price and availability depends a bit on color, but still in the $300 range regardless), so used is again a better option.