BCU 000237.02 – VIN Information Mismatch. John Deere System Advisory.

BCU 000237.02 (BCU 237.02)

Code: 000237.02

Shortcode: 237.02


Error code BCU 000237.02 is triggered when the Basic Control Unit (BCU) of a John Deere vehicle detects a mismatch in the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) from other control units. This discrepancy indicates that the VIN information stored or transmitted between various electronic control units (ECUs) within the vehicle does not align, potentially due to programming errors, replacement of parts, or configuration issues after service activities.


The BCU may trigger an alert or a warning on the vehicle’s dashboard to indicate a potential issue with the system configuration. This VIN mismatch can affect the vehicle’s operability, particularly if system functionalities are VIN-specific or if updates and calibrations require consistent VIN data across all units.


  • Check VIN Configuration in All ECUs: Verify the VIN registered in each control unit. Use diagnostic tools to read the VIN from each ECU to identify which units have inconsistent information.
  • Reprogram Incorrect VINs: If discrepancies are found, reprogram the incorrect VINs in the respective ECUs. This may require specialized equipment and software, and should ideally be performed by a qualified technician.
  • Verify System Integration: After reprogramming, check that all systems recognize the correct VIN and that there are no conflicts or errors in the vehicle’s electronic network.
  • Reset and Test the BCU: Reset the BCU to clear the fault code and conduct a system test to ensure no further errors related to VIN mismatch occur. Verify that the resolution has been effective across various operational scenarios.
  • Document Changes: Keep a record of any changes made to the VIN in the vehicle’s service history to assist with future diagnostics and maintenance.


It is crucial to ensure that all electronic control units within a vehicle have consistent VIN information to maintain system integrity and functionality. Regular checks following parts replacement or significant repairs can prevent issues such as VIN mismatches, ensuring smooth operation and compliance with system requirements. This vigilance is especially important in complex machinery like John Deere equipment, where numerous interconnected systems rely on accurate data sharing.