Subaru Forester: Driving tips - Automatic transmission - Starting and operating - Subaru Forester Owner's ManualSubaru Forester: Driving tips

- On a road surface where there is a risk of wheelspin (for example, a snow- or gravel-covered road), you can pull away from a standstill (safely and easily) by first selecting the 2nd gear of the manual mode.

- Always apply the foot or parking brake when the vehicle is stopped in the “D” or “R” position.

- Always set the parking brake when parking your vehicle. Do not hold the vehicle with only the transmission.

- Do not keep the vehicle in a stationary position on an uphill grade by using the “D” position. Use the brake instead.

- The engine may, on rare occasions, knock when the vehicle rapidly accelerates or rapidly pulls away from a standstill.

This phenomenon does not indicate a problem.

    Selection of manual mode
    With the vehicle either moving or stationary, move the select lever from the “D” position to the manual gate then move it to the “+” end or “−” end of the manual gate to ...

    SPORT mode
    SPORT mode SPORT mode is used when power is needed for rapid acceleration or for uphill driving. To select this mode, move the select lever from the “D” position to the manual gate. ...

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    Leaving the Vehicle With the Engine Running
    WARNING It can be dangerous to leave the vehicle with the engine running. The vehicle could move suddenly if the shift lever is not fully in P (Park) with the parking brake firmly set. And, if yo ...

    Symbols in the instrument panel
    WARNING If and come on at the same time and the brake level is below the MIN mark in the reservoir or if a brake system-related message is shown in the information display: DO NOT DRIVE. ...