What does the hill-start assist control system do?
The hill-start control system is designed to help keep you from rolling backward when you stop and then start again on a hill, or you’re driving in slippery conditions on a slope. Anyone who’s ever felt their stomach lurch as the car started to roll backward after stopping on a hill can appreciate this assistance. Here’s how the system works:
You have to have the transmission in gear (anything other than park).
The parking brake can’t be on.
You can’t be pressing the gas pedal.
If the system detects that you’re stopped on a hill, the brake pedal will automatically stay engaged when you take your foot off it. Your brake lights will stay on as well.
The system works for about two seconds – just long enough for you to get your foot to the gas pedal and start accelerating.
The slip indicator should flash once and a buzzer should sound when the system is active. If you don’t see or hear anything, let off on the brake a little (but don’t take your foot off until you see the light and hear the buzzer).
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