What does the hold signal with snowflake mean in a 1998 subaru fo
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...
Jan 01, 2009 |
1998 Subaru Forester