Toyota RAV4: Hill-start assist control - Using other driving systems - When driving - Toyota RAV4 Owner's ManualToyota RAV4: Hill-start assist control

Hill-start assist control helps to prevent the vehicle from rolling backwards when starting on an incline or slippery slope.

To engage hill-start assist control,

To engage hill-start assist control, further depress the brake pedal when the vehicle is stopped completely. A buzzer will sound once to indicate the system is activated. The slip indicator will also start flashing.

■Hill-start assist control operating conditions

• The shift lever is in a position other than P.
• The parking brake is not applied.
• The accelerator pedal is not depressed.

■Hill-start assist control

●While hill-start assist control is operating, the brakes remain automatically applied after the driver releases the brake pedal. The stop lights and the high mounted stoplight turn on.
●Hill-start assist control operates for about 2 seconds after the brake pedal is released.
●If the slip indicator does not flash and the buzzer does not sound when the brake pedal is further depressed, slightly reduce the pressure on the brake pedal (do not allow the vehicle to roll backward) and then firmly depress it again. If the system still does not operate, check if the operating conditions explained above have been met.

■Hill-start assist control buzzer

●When hill-start assist control is activated, the buzzer will sound once when the shift lever is in a position other than R.
●In the following situations, hill-start assist control will be canceled and the buzzer will sound twice when the shift lever is in a position other than R.

• No attempt is made to drive the vehicle within approximately 2 seconds of releasing the brake pedal.
• The shift lever is moved to P.
• The parking brake is applied.
• The brake pedal is depressed again.

●When the shift lever is in R, the buzzer indicating the start and end of the operation does not sound. Use the slip indicator status (flashing or off) to confirm if hill-start assist control is operating.

■If the slip indicator comes on

It may indicate a malfunction in the system. Contact your Toyota dealer.

CAUTION
■Hill-start assist control
●Do not overly rely on hill-start assist control. Hill-start assist control may not operate effectively on extremely steep inclines or roads covered in ice.
●Unlike the parking brake, hill-start assist control is not intended to hold the vehicle stationary for an extended period of time. Do not attempt to use hill-start assist control to hold the vehicle on an incline for an extended period of time, as doing so may lead to an accident.

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