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Beeping On my 2003 Ford Escape when I put the key in the ignition I get a beeping tone 5sets of 5 tones. It is not the fasten seat belt because if I don't that goes off too. If I drive more than 30 minutes the tone repeats. My local mechanic says no code are indicated and my check engine light isn't on. Any Ideas?

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  • lavigneabby Nov 05, 2008

    same problem! the first time it happened my airbag light went on and stayed on for the rest of the drive. now it just does the 5 sets of 5 beeps every time i start it up....

  • akripple Mar 22, 2009

    I have the exact same problem and it's driving me CRAZY!!!!!! So you are sure that it is the airbag? When I took mine to the local mechanic he also told me that nothing in the computer check showed anything. HELP!

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    my car will make 5 slow beeps and then stop then come back randomly
    it sounds like the seat belt alarm but slower

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    a warning sound beeped and check engine light came on. car is still running,
    code p0128

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When you turn key on check if airbag light on instrument cluster comes on. 5 beeps is the tone to let you know your airbag light in instrument cluster is inop..

Posted on Sep 04, 2008

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It is the airbag. I have the same problem. It is a warning that they need to replace the airbag system. It costs over $1000 to fix and I am looking for other alternatives.

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SOURCE: On my 2003 Ford Escape when I put the key in the

wiggle the key in the ignition..could be just a worn key not connecting properly....

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The generic electronic module (GEM) controls the following warnings and chimes:
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  • Key-in-ignition (repetitive chime).
  • Headlamp-on warning (repetitive chime).
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