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Hold light on console

Hi there, i have a 1998 subaru forester, the hold light flashes on and off and the car loses power and the engine stop what is this light for

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  • afbyerwalter Dec 22, 2008

    I also have a 1998 Subaru Forester that loses power and the Hold light starts flashing. I bought the car gently used form Japan four years ago and haven't had any problems with it until recently.

  • Anonymous Feb 17, 2009

    hi, we have the same problem as kerrilcooks , ours is a 97 turbo tb

  • mele_makamoe Mar 14, 2009

    I have a subaru forester and when I drive the hold lights flashes on and off and when I change gear it makes a loud noise.

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The hold light is probably for a fault in the HILL HOLDER SYSTEM

This system holds the Forester on a hill without using the brake pedal, as long as you keep the clutch depressed. It's very useful when towing.

I will check my workshop manual as soon as I have some free time and try to get a definitive answer for you.

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Andy, Derbyshire UK

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  • Greg Read Feb 01, 2012

    hi i have the same problem with my automatic forester , the hold light starts flashing and the engine cuts and loses power, what is the solution?

  • Kiaua Boraata Dec 21, 2012

    thanks very much

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    patrick kalikeka Sep 25, 2015

    have the same problem,what could be the problem

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This indicates a faulty solenoid issue on your gearbox/AT specifically the one that controls the diff clutch system.

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