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Subaru Crosstrek Owners Manual: Hill start assist system

WARNING

The Hill start assist system is a device to make the following vehicle operations easier.

Hill start assist system

  1. Starting forward facing uphill
  2. Starting backward facing downhill
  1. Brake pedal (both MT models and CVT models)
  2. Clutch pedal (MT models only)

In both these cases, the Hill start assist system operates under the following conditions.

Braking power is maintained temporarily (for approximately 2 seconds) by the Hill start assist system after the brake pedal is released. The driver is therefore able to start the vehicle in the same way as on a level grade, just using the clutch pedal (MT models only) and accelerator pedal (all models).

If the braking power of the Hill start assist system is insufficient after the brake pedal is released, apply more braking power by depressing the brake pedal again.

The Hill start assist system may not operate on slight grades. Also, the Hill start assist system does not operate in the following cases.

Hill start assist system

When using the Hill start assist system, a braking effect may be felt even after the brake pedal has been released. However, for MT models, this braking effect should disappear once the clutch pedal is released.

CAUTION

The braking power of the Hill start assist system may not be sufficient when strong braking power is needed (e.g., while towing a trailer).

NOTE

A slight jolt may be felt when the vehicle begins to move forward after being reversed.

To activate/deactivate the Hill start assist system

CAUTION

While the Hill start assist system is deactivated, when starting on an uphill grade, braking power is not maintained if the brake pedal is released. Start on an uphill grade by using the parking brake.

You can activate/deactivate the Hill start assist system according to the following procedure.

NOTE

If you make an error when performing any steps in the following procedure, place the ignition switch in the "LOCK"/"OFF" position once and then start over again.

To deactivate

1. Park your vehicle in a flat and safe location and apply the parking brake.

2. Turn the ignition switch to the "LOCK"/ "OFF" position.

3. Restart the engine.

Type B
Type B

4. Confirm the following items.

(1) The brake system warning light illuminates.

(2) The Vehicle Dynamics Control warning light turns off.

(3) The Vehicle Dynamics Control OFF indicator light turns off.

(4) The ABS warning light turns off.

Vehicle Dynamics Control OFF switch
Vehicle Dynamics Control OFF switch

5. Press the Vehicle Dynamics Control OFF switch and hold it until the Vehicle Dynamics Control OFF indicator light " " on the combination meter illuminates for 30 seconds and then turns off.

6. Within 5 seconds after the Vehicle Dynamics Control OFF indicator light turns off, release the Vehicle Dynamics Control OFF switch.

Hill start assist OFF indicator light (type A)
Hill start assist OFF indicator light (type A)

Hill start assist OFF indicator light (type B)
Hill start assist OFF indicator light (type B)

7. Within 2 seconds after releasing the Vehicle Dynamics Control OFF switch, press the Vehicle Dynamics Control OFF switch once again. Then the Hill start assist OFF indicator light blinks.

8. Turn the ignition switch to the "LOCK"/ "OFF" position. The hill start assist system has now been deactivated.

NOTE

While the Hill start assist system is deactivated, the Hill start assist OFF indicator light blinks.

To activate

When the procedure to deactivate the Hill start assist system is performed again, the system is activated. When the Hill start assist system is activated, the Hill start assist OFF indicator light turns off.

Hill start assist warning light/Hill start assist OFF indicator light

Refer to "Hill start assist warning light/Hill start assist OFF indicator light" F3-22.

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