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What does the hold signal with snowflake mean in a 1998 subaru fo

What does the hold signal with snowflake mean in a1998 subaru forester s/tb

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This explained in the owner's manual, but very poorly.
I have asked all sorts of "Experts" from Subaru techs to forum posters, and received a half-dozen different answers.
As far as I have been able to determine, operating the "Hold" switch does a couple of things.
It is only relevant in "Auto", and not "Sportshift".
It starts off in second gear, rather than first.
It will hold the car from rolling back on a moderate upgrade.
It "seems" to me to "smooth out" the gearshifts.
All of this, as far as I can understand, is to avoid sudden changes to traction in snowy / icy / wet conditions. Starting off in first, for example, would cause instant slippage, starting in second is less likely to. Engaging forward gear while rolling backwards, likewise.
I am not an expert, nor a mechanic. These are only my observations, and "sifted" knowledge from many different sources...

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If you have the owners manual you should be able to look it up in there..if you don't have the owners manual..call your local Subaru dealer ask for the service department and ask the service tech...they're usually prettty good about that type of question.

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