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Someone pulled the rod off that joins the front seat motor to the side bit that moves on my BMW Z3. The other side still moves but when I put the rod back nothing moves! Help

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Try moving cable while pressing the swiches until it woks, had the same problem, just move the plug and cable until it works

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