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Subaru Outback: Hill Holder function

The electronic parking brake system has a Hill Holder function. If the Hill Holder function is activated, the parking brake will be automatically applied when stopping on an uphill slope with the brake pedal depressed. In this case, the brake system warning light and the indicator light on the parking brake switch illuminate. NOTE

● The Hill Holder function may not activate on a gentle uphill slope. In this case, manually apply the electronic parking brake.

● If you do not depress the brake pedal sufficiently, the Hill Holder function may not operate properly. However, this is not a malfunction. When stopping on an uphill slope, depress the brake pedal firmly and release it after the brake system warning light illuminates.

● Depending on the condition of the road surface and braking force, the brakes operate temporarily and feel different than usual.

● When the electronic parking brake system has a malfunction while the Hill Holder function is activated, a chirp sound is heard, the Hill Holder indicator light turns off and the brake system warning light flashes.

● The Hill Holder function does not reactivate when parking with the electronic parking brake released after the Hill Holder function is activated. If necessary, manually apply the electronic parking brake.

● If the seatbelt is not fastened when the Hill Holder function is activated, the vehicle may not start moving smoothly from a stop, or a noise may be heard from the brake components.

Hill Holder switch

WARNING

When stopping on an uphill slope with the Hill Holder function activated, release the brake pedal after the brake system warning light has illuminated. Otherwise, the Hill Holder function may not operate properly and an accident may occur.

1) Parking brake switch


1) Parking brake switch 2) Hill Holder switch
3) Indicator light

You can activate/deactivate the Hill Holder function by pressing the Hill Holder switch. To activate: Press the Hill Holder switch. To deactivate: Press the Hill Holder switch again.

Deactivate the Hill Holder function under the following conditions.

● When towing a trailer ● When carrying a heavy load ● When you do not frequently use the parking brake when stopping on an uphill slope

NOTE

● If the Hill Holder switch is pressed for more than 30 seconds, the Hill Holder indicator light turns off, the brake system warning light flashes and the system ignores any further pressing of the switch. To activate the switch again, turn the ignition switch to the “LOCK” position and restart the engine.

● When the Hill Holder function is deactivated while the Hill Holder function has a malfunction, if you press the Hill Holder switch, a chirp sounds.

Hill Holder indicator light

When the Hill Holder function is activated, the Hill Holder indicator light illuminates.


When the Hill Holder function is activated, the Hill Holder indicator light illuminates. Refer to “Hill Holder indicator light” F3-19.

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