BCU 000096.17 – Critically Low Fuel Level Warning. John Deere System Advisory.

BCU 000096.17 (BCU 96.17)

Code: 000096.17

Shortcode: 96.17


Error code BCU 000096.17 is activated when the fuel level in a John Deere vehicle falls below a critical threshold, indicating that the fuel is dangerously low. This diagnostic trouble code serves as an early warning to prevent the vehicle from running out of fuel, which could lead to operational interruptions and potential damage to the engine due to fuel starvation.


Upon detection of critically low fuel, the Basic Control Unit (BCU) will trigger a warning alert on the vehicle’s dashboard, advising the operator to refuel as soon as possible. Continuing to operate the vehicle with such low fuel levels can increase the risk of engine damage and reduce operational efficiency.


  • Refuel Immediately: Stop the vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so and refuel to prevent any damage or operational disruptions.
  • Inspect Fuel System for Leaks: After refueling, check the fuel system for any leaks or issues that might cause rapid fuel loss, ensuring there are no underlying problems contributing to the low fuel readings.
  • Check Fuel Sensor Functionality: Verify that the fuel level sensor is operating correctly. An inaccurate sensor could falsely trigger the low fuel level warning. Test or replace the sensor if discrepancies are found.
  • Monitor Fuel Levels Regularly: Keep a regular check on fuel levels as part of routine vehicle maintenance to avoid running low unexpectedly.
  • Clear the Fault Code: Once the issue is resolved and the fuel tank is adequately refueled, reset the BCU to clear the diagnostic trouble code and confirm that no further alerts are present.


Maintaining proper fuel levels is crucial for the reliable operation of John Deere vehicles. Operators should regularly monitor their fuel gauges and ensure they understand how different operating conditions may affect fuel consumption. Regular system checks and maintenance can help prevent issues related to fuel levels and ensure the vehicle operates safely and efficiently.