BCU 523701.06 – High Current in M08 Stepper Motor for Hitch (Coil 2). John Deere System Advisory.

BCU 523701.06 (BCU )

Code: 523701.06



The diagnostic trouble code BCU 523701.06 is triggered when the Body Control Unit (BCU) detects an unusually high current in leads 7054 and 7055, which supply the stepper motor for the hitch (coil 2). This high current condition typically indicates a short to ground in the circuit, potentially leading to overheating, damage to the stepper motor, or other electrical failures within the hitch control system.


The BCU may respond to this fault by deactivating the stepper motor to prevent further damage and alerting the operator through fault indicators. This shutdown helps safeguard the system and prevent potential malfunctions or hazards.


  • Inspect Circuit for Damage: Carefully examine the wiring and components in the circuit connected to leads 7054 and 7055. Look for signs of damage such as worn insulation, exposed wires, or any abnormalities that might cause a short circuit.
  • Test for Short to Ground: Use a multimeter to test the circuit for continuity and check for a short to ground. Pay particular attention to identifying the specific locations where shorting may occur.
  • Replace Faulty Wiring or Components: If any areas of damage or malfunction are identified, replace the faulty wiring or components to resolve the short circuit issue.
  • Ensure Proper Circuit Loading: Verify that the load on the circuit does not exceed the design specifications. Adjust or redistribute the load if necessary.
  • Reset and Test the System: After making repairs, reset the power module and test the system operation to ensure no excessive current flows and that the stepper motor functions correctly without any signs of overheating or erratic behavior.


Regular maintenance and proactive checks of the vehicle’s electrical systems are crucial for identifying and rectifying issues such as shorts and high current conditions. Early detection and correction of electrical faults help maintain the safety and efficiency of operations, thereby extending the life of the equipment.