ATC 000876.12 – Compressor Clutch Off, Current Present. John Deere System Advisory.

ATC 000876.12 (ATC 876.12)

Code: 000876.12

Shortcode: 876.12


The error code, ATC 000876.12, is triggered when the power module (HF) PC6 detects more than 1 amp of current at the compressor clutch output (lead 2023) while the compressor clutch (M02) is switched off. This unusual current flow indicates a potential short in the circuit or an internal fault within the power module itself, suggesting that electricity is incorrectly flowing despite the clutch being deactivated.


The presence of current when the compressor clutch is off can lead to unintended operation or overheating of the clutch, potentially causing damage to the compressor and associated electrical systems. This fault might also risk draining the battery or causing electrical hazards.


  • Inspect Wiring and Connectors: Examine the wiring and connectors in the compressor clutch circuit, especially focusing on any signs of damage, wear, or improper insulation that might lead to a short.
  • Measure and Verify Current Flow: Use a multimeter to verify the current flow in the circuit when the compressor clutch is turned off. Confirm the presence of excess current to accurately diagnose the issue.
  • Check Power Module Functionality: Assess the power module (HF) PC6 for any signs of internal faults or damage. Consider testing or replacing the module if it is suspected to be faulty.
  • Replace Damaged Components: If any specific components or wiring are identified as faulty, replace or repair them to ensure safe and correct operation of the compressor clutch.
  • Test System After Repairs: Once repairs are made, test the compressor clutch and the entire HVAC system to ensure no current is present when the clutch is off and that the system functions correctly under normal conditions.


Dealing with electrical issues promptly is crucial to maintaining the safety and functionality of vehicle systems. Regular checks and maintenance of the electrical system can help prevent such problems and ensure the reliability of the HVAC system, protecting both the machinery and operator from potential harm.