How to Get Fault Codes for Blue Bird Buses With Cummins Engines

by Kyle Sanstrom

Blue Bird buses equipped with Cummins diesel engines contain an engine control module, or ECM, that continuously monitors the vehicle for problems. When the ECM detects a problem with one or more of the bus's systems, it stores a diagnostic trouble code, or DTC, in its internal memory. These DTCs are alphanumeric codes that correspond to a specific problem within the vehicle. An automotive scan tool connected to the bus's diagnostic data port can retrieve the codes from the ECM's memory.

Turn off the engine and apply the parking brake. Turn the ignition back to the "ON" position, but don't crank or restart the engine.

Plug an automotive scan tool's data cable into the bus's data port, located underneath the dashboard near the steering column.

Press the power button on the scan tool and allow it to boot up. Select "ECM" from the scan tool's main menu.

Select "Read all stored DTCs" from the ECM menu. Write down the DTCs shown on the scan tool's screen.


  • check An automotive scan tool is a hand-held, computerized device that connects to vehicles in order to communicate with their computers. Scan tools are available from auto parts stores and automotive tool retailers, including online tool websites.

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About the Author

Kyle Sanstrom has been writing professionally since 2008. His articles have been published on several websites including eHow and Automobile Insight. Sanstrom has undergone advanced automotive training at the Dunwoody College of Technology, holds an Associate of Arts in general studies from Century College and has more than 10 years of experience in all aspects of automotive repair and diagnosis.