ATC 000876.10 – A/C Clutch Overdrive. John Deere System Advisory.

ATC 000876.10 (ATC 876.10)

Code: 000876.10

Shortcode: 876.10


The error code, ATC 000876.10, is triggered when the compressor clutch of the air conditioning system is activated more frequently than normal, specifically more than six times per minute. This frequent activation may indicate issues such as an over-cycling condition due to low refrigerant levels, excessive heat load, or electrical faults within the A/C control system.


Excessive cycling of the A/C compressor clutch can lead to premature wear and potential failure of the clutch or compressor. This may also cause inefficiencies in the cooling performance of the HVAC system, leading to increased fuel consumption and reduced comfort levels within the cabin.


  • Check Refrigerant Levels: Verify the refrigerant charge in the system. Low refrigerant levels can cause the compressor to cycle on and off more frequently than normal.
  • Inspect Thermostat and Pressure Switches: Examine the thermostat settings and pressure switches for proper operation. Incorrect settings or faulty switches may lead to over-cycling.
  • Evaluate Electrical Connections: Ensure all electrical connections related to the A/C compressor and clutch are secure and functioning correctly. Loose connections or faulty relays could contribute to frequent clutch activation.
  • Monitor Cooling System Performance: Use diagnostic tools to monitor the overall performance of the cooling system. Look for signs of excessive load or other operational issues that could be causing the clutch to engage too frequently.
  • Reset System and Perform Comprehensive Testing: After addressing potential issues, reset the A/C system controls and conduct comprehensive testing to ensure the system operates within normal parameters and that the clutch cycling has normalized.


Regular maintenance of the air conditioning system, including periodic checks of refrigerant levels and electrical components, is crucial to prevent issues like overdrive of the A/C clutch. Properly maintaining system balance and functionality ensures reliable operation, prolongs equipment life, and enhances operator comfort.