ATC 523848.03 – Adjusting Motor for Air Distribution (Potentiometer) Voltage Too High. John Deere System Advisory.

ATC 523848.03 (ATC )

Code: 523848.03



The error code, ATC 523848.03, is triggered when the control unit measures a voltage exceeding 5 volts at the signal input for the potentiometer, which is part of the adjusting motor (B132) for air distribution (lead 2017). This abnormal voltage level typically suggests that the circuit is either shorted to a supply lead or is open, which could impair the proper functioning of the air distribution flaps.


The high voltage may cause incorrect or erratic positioning of the air distribution flaps, potentially affecting the HVAC system’s ability to effectively control cabin temperature and air flow.


  • Inspect Wiring and Connections: Examine the wiring and connections at lead 2017 for any signs of damage, wear, or improper connections that might lead to a short to power supply or an open circuit.
  • Measure Voltage Levels: Use a multimeter to verify the voltage at the potentiometer’s signal input. High readings confirm the presence of an electrical fault.
  • Identify and Repair Circuit Issues: Locate and repair any shorts to power or open connections within the circuit. Replace damaged wires or connectors as necessary.
  • Test Air Distribution Motor Functionality: After repairs, test the adjusting motor for air distribution to ensure it accurately controls the flaps according to HVAC system commands.
  • Reset System and Verify Operation: Clear any stored fault codes and perform a comprehensive test to ensure the air distribution system operates correctly under normal conditions.


Regular maintenance and inspection of HVAC system components and their circuits are essential to ensure accurate control and distribution of air within the cabin. Early detection and correction of voltage irregularities are crucial for maintaining the performance and efficiency of climate control systems, thereby enhancing the comfort and safety of the vehicle’s occupants.