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Wife just called and said our 2007 Prius is beeping at her while she's driving. More specifically, three beeps followed by a pause of about a minute and then three more beeps and so on. Any idea what this indicates? She hasn't seen any warning lights that might be related to the beeping. Thanks.

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Are you sure it's the car and not a cell phone indicating a message waiting?
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Are you sure it's the car and not a cell phone indicating a message waiting?
Yeah, we covered that. It's definitely the car - she says from the left side. She pulled over, turned if off and did a walk around just to make sure all doors closed, etc., and when she started off again the beeping stopped.

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Probably could have been more than a dozen things. (All mentioned in the manual.)
You can get beeps from seat belts, turn signals, lo fuel and on and on. Most probably false and temporary.
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3 beeps usually occur when you walk away from the car while it's in Ready and you have the SKS fob with you. I can't think of any 3-beep code while driving.
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Sounds like something was interfering with the FOB signal. The car would then think you left the car while it was running (which gives three beeps). A cellphone beside the FOB can overwhelm it for example. Or a nice RF shield around the FOB (metal coated purse etc.). Or she placed the FOB where the receiver couldn't see it.

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Sounds like something was interfering with the FOB signal. The car would then think you left the car while it was running (which gives three beeps). A cellphone beside the FOB can overwhelm it for example. Or a nice RF shield around the FOB (metal coated purse etc.). Or she placed the FOB where the receiver couldn't see it.
Thanks - that's possible. Cell and keys are close together and her purse has so much in it, any number of things could be blocking the signal. If it happens again, I'll suggest she take the FOB out or reposition the purse.

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I asked my mechanic (Pro Auto Care in Denver, CO) about the beeps. They said it indicated the car was in full EV (Electric Vehicle) mode.
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I asked my mechanic (Pro Auto Care in Denver, CO) about the beeps. They said it indicated the car was in full EV (Electric Vehicle) mode.
You need to find a new mechanic...
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I asked my mechanic (Pro Auto Care in Denver, CO) about the beeps. They said it indicated the car was in full EV (Electric Vehicle) mode.
You need to find a new mechanic...

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