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Old 06-25-2005, 10:37 PM   #1
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Default Snow Button is for what?

Hi I am driving my 1995 Legacy Wagon in snow for the first time tommorow (in fact its my first snow time too).

There is a button with a snow crystal on it by the handbrake. What is this for and how/when do I use it?

Please help me so I dont die on Mt Ruapehu!!!!!!
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Old 06-25-2005, 10:40 PM   #2
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hahahaha...I don't think we've ever gotten a request to help out for avoidance of death....

thats a new one to me.

hit 55 mph on snow....hit the button and see what happens. no, actually I'd take a more cautious approach to it.

honestly, I'm not sure. what kind of transmission do you have? if its an auto, maybe it keeps it in a lower gear longer for better traction. ??

turbo on the car too?
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Old 06-26-2005, 12:46 AM   #3
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Most of the time, a snow flake is an indication of A/C. But it's not normally by the handbrake.
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Old 06-26-2005, 02:14 AM   #4
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do you have an owner's manual?? It would tell you in there.

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Old 06-26-2005, 02:16 AM   #5
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Be sure to take it slow on the snow at first, especially if you have summer tires. Tires are more important than AWD.

It should say in your owners manual. Im guessing its some sort of heater (seat, mirrors, wipers, rear window...) Could also be a setting which will change the torque split (assuming you have automatic)
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Old 06-26-2005, 02:39 AM   #6
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Well it really depends on what type of 95 wagon you have. If it is a FWD instead of AWD then the button could be, although I don't really know, the Traction control enabling button. It could also be, And this is something that my 94 Firebird had, a 2nd gear start button. Pressing it kept my Firebird in 2nd gear and prevented the wheels from spinning like they would in 1st gear. The 2nd gear start is easy to figure out. Stop press button and if you accelerate like a turtle, that is what it is.
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Old 06-26-2005, 05:17 AM   #7
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Thanks for the replies.

Summer or snow tyres?? Lol, here where I live in New Zealand my car will NEVER see the snow unless I go out of my way. So Im guessing Summer tyres are on it.

Its a 2 litre non-turbo, automatic, AWD with 213,000 kilometres on the clock. The tyres are in average condition. I only need the car to go up a 6 or 7 kilometre access road up the mountain which is usually OK for ordinary cars. But there is a reasonable chance of Snow.

I will go slowly & carefully with the button switched on. Remember that because its a right hand drive the button may be in a different place.

The car I got for better dirt road going is gonna do what I suspect it was actually built for. Pity its so darn slow.
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Old 06-26-2005, 09:59 AM   #8
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Could you take a picture of the button for me? I may be able to tell you what it is. Thanks!
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Old 06-26-2005, 01:10 PM   #9
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I had a 94 wagon and it had a button that rasied the car like 1 inch for snow driving but I dont remember what it looked like
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Old 06-27-2005, 07:50 AM   #10
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I had a 94 wagon and it had a button that rasied the car like 1 inch for snow driving but I dont remember what it looked like
Uhhh....air shocks?
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Old 06-27-2005, 09:22 AM   #11
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It's probably the button for the "traction control" It probably starts the car off in 2nd gear. Sort of like the "manual" button did for the first gen legacies here in the states.
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Old 06-27-2005, 09:56 AM   #12
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No, they were hydrolic shocks. It was on a 94 LSI wagon
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Old 06-27-2005, 11:50 AM   #13
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I think its a button for the seat warmer as well.

Subaru really made hydro shocks in 94? crazy stuff man.

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Old 06-27-2005, 12:37 PM   #14
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The first-gen Legacy had a pneumatic suspension option from 90-94, similar to what was on the XT and GL series. The shocks lasted for a while, but replacements were ~$300 each. Most just swap out for the reliable struts.
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