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B0004 - Driver Knee Bolster Deployment Control

Repair Importance Level: 3/3
Repair Difficulty Level: 3/3 What does this mean?

Possible causes

  • Faulty Driver Knee Airbag
  • Driver Knee Airbag harness is open or shorted
  • Driver Knee Airbag circuit poor electrical connection
What does this mean?

When is the code detected?

If the Restraints Control Module (RCM) detects a short between the driver knee air bag circuits and the circuits of another SRS component, it sets this Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) and the DTC of the corresponding SRS component.

Possible symptoms

  • Air Bag Warning Light ON

B0004 Description

The Restraints Control Module (RCM) monitors all deployable device and sensor circuits for a signal cross coupled (short) between circuits. If the RCM detects a short between the circuits of one device and another device, it will store a DTC for each of the signal cross coupled faults in memory. The RCM sends a message to the Instrument Panel Cluster (IPC) to illuminate the air bag warning indicator. When a normal loop fault is present (one loop is either shorted to battery/ground, open circuit or low resistance), then signal cross coupled diagnostics will not be active. Once the normal loop fault is repaired, then the signal cross coupled diagnostics will resume.
OBDII Code B0004 - Driver Knee Bolster Deployment Control -

B0004 Information for specific makes

B0004 FORD Driver Knee Bolster Deployment Control
B0004 LINCOLN Driver Knee Bolster Deployment Control
B0004 MERCURY Driver Knee Bolster Deployment Control

Precautions for SRS “AIR BAG” and “SEAT BELT PRE-TENSIONER” Service

  • Never probe the electrical connectors on air bag, side air curtain modules or seat belts.
  • Never disassemble or tamper with safety belt buckle/retractor pretensioners, adaptive load limiting retractors, safety belt inflators, or probe the electrical connectors.
  • Do not use electrical test equipment to check SRS circuits unless instructed to in this Service Manual.
  • Before servicing the SRS, turn ignition switch OFF, disconnect both battery cables and wait at least 3 minutes. For approximately 3 minutes after the cables are removed, it is still possible for the air bag and seat belt pre-tensioner to deploy. Therefore, do not work on any SRS connectors or wires until at least 3 minutes have passed.
Failure to follow this instruction may result in the accidental deployment of these modules, which increases the risk of serious personal injury or death.

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