The automotive diagnostic videos provided here show you what you can do with your Automotive Diagnostics Kit. They are an invaluable training resource and demonstrate how PicoScope and the Automotive Diagnostics Kit can be used to find a variety of vehicle faults.

Recent Videos

Nissan Maxima Misfire video part 1

Nissan Maxima Misfire Case Study Part I

In this video Paul 'Scanner' Danner guides you through the essentials of PicoScope helps you master basic functions and tests.

48:03


Nissan Maxima Misfire video part 2

Nissan Maxima Misfire Case Study Part II

In this video Paul 'Scanner' Danner continues his introduction to the essentials of PicoScope and helps you to release the power of your system.

30:18


FirstLook Sensor

FirstLook Sensor

In this video SenX show you how PicoScope can reveal problems quickly and efficiently using the FirstLook sensor.

6:05


Training

Nissan Maxima Misfire video part 1

Nissan Maxima Misfire Case Study Part I

In this video Paul 'Scanner' Danner guides you through the essentials of PicoScope helps you master basic functions and tests.

48:03


Nissan Maxima Misfire video part 2

Nissan Maxima Misfire Case Study Part II

In this video Paul 'Scanner' Danner continues his introduction to the essentials of PicoScope and helps you to release the power of your system.

30:18


FirstLook Sensor

FirstLook Sensor

In this video SenX show you how PicoScope can reveal problems quickly and efficiently using the FirstLook sensor.

6:05


WPS500X video

Transmission line pressure testing with
Pico’s WPS500X pressure transducer

A video from Autonerdz demonstrating the use of the WPS500X pressure transducer.

2:39


secondary ignition video

Secondary ignition pattern from a 1996 Dodge Caravan 3.0 L

An illustration of how changing recorded samples from a scope changes the waveform displayed.

3:40


testing relative compression

Using PicoDiagnostics to test relative compression

For many years mechanics have been using labscopes and current clamps to view relative compression during engine cranking. A PicoScope oscilloscope when used with PicoDiagnostics software to improve on this test by eliminating the need for a current clamp and displaying the resuts in an easy to understand bar graph.

5:04


relative compression testing video

PicoScope common functions tip clip

In this video John Thornton walks you through some of the common functions of the PicoScope.

5:28


injectors

Injectors

In this video Frank demonstrates how you can quickly test your injectors using a PicoScope automotive oscilloscope. By simulating a faulty injector, Frank shows you how easy it is to tell if there is a problem or not, just by looking at the waveform displayed on your PC.

5:42


testing relative compression

Air mass meter evaluation

This video shows how PicoScope can be used to evaluate an air mass meter. First a good air mass meter is tested, then an air leak is simulated.

6:00


testing COP

Testing Coil–On–Plug

Frank Massey is one of the UK’s leading vehicle diagnostic experts. In this video Frank shows how to use PicoScope to test a coil–on–plug ignition system.

6:45


cylinder balance testing

Understanding running compression waveforms

Viewing the pressure waveforms from inside the cylinder of a running engine can provide a great deal of diagnostic information. Understanding these waveforms will help you spot valve issues, blocked catalytic converters and restricted air intakes.

6:51


cylinder balance testing

Misfire diagnosis and cylinder balance testing using PicoDiagnostics

PicoDiagnostics software can be used to quickly test the relative power output (power balance) and count the number of misfires from each cylinder. This can rapidly show problems such as power loss due to ignition issues, blocked injectors or poor compression.

7:10


testing batteries

Using PicoDiagnostics to test batteries, alternators and starter motors

PicoDiagnostics software can be used to test the battery (12 V or 24 V), alternator (for charging and diode ripple), starter motor and associated wiring. You can then print an easy to the understand report for your customer. The test is so quick to do that it's worthwhile doing on every vehicle that comes into your shop.

7:19


can bus

CAN bus

CAN bus is becoming increasingly common on today’s vehicles. In this video Frank demonstrates the power of the PicoScope automotive oscilloscope, including the advanced zoom feature that lets you see every detail of the CAN bus waveform.

8:39


introduction

Introduction

A clear and concise introduction to automotive oscilloscopes: from “what is a scope?” and “why use a scope?” to “what can I test?” Frank explains, in simple terms, everything you need to know.

9:13


relative compression testing video

Picoscope relative compression testing

This video demonstrates how to perform a compression test with a Picoscope.

10:33


getting started

Getting started

In this video Frank shows you just how quick and easy it is to start using a PicoScope automotive oscilloscope. In just 11 minutes, Frank takes you from installing the software, to running simple tests and taking measurements. Frank finishes by testing the ignition primary system.

11:13


lambda sensors

Air mass meter and lambda sensors

Watch as Frank uses a mixture of theory and practical demonstrations to explain and test air mass meter and lambda (oxygen) sensors.

19:17


Chrsyler video

Chrysler’s TC Maserati fuel injector testing

This video is of an engine performance class at Rosedale Technical Institute in Pittsburgh, PA. It shows PicoScope being used to test the fuel injector on a Chrysler.

30:49


review

Review

In this final video Frank gives his closing thoughts on the PicoScope automotive oscilloscope, what’s the best PC to use with the scope, and details of just what other tests the scope can be used for.

2:48


Case Studies

Ford Misfire video

Ford Explorer misfire

This video uses PicoDiagnostics and PicoScope to diagnose a misfire problem.

1:29


1991 Chevy video

1991 Chevy S10 PU 2wd 2.5 L

This video was captured by Samuel Jarvis using a PicoScope 3223 scope and PicoScope 6 software.

1:44


can test box video

Pico’s CAN Test Box in Action on a GM Class II Bus

A video from Autonerdz showing the CAN Test Box in action.

1:51


1995 Camaro video

1995 Camaro

Case study of a 1995 Camaro that at times has difficulty starting.

3:09


camshaft sensor video

Code P0340 camshaft sensor fault

Using PicoScope 6 to find a P0340 camshaft position sensor signal fault.

6:11


relay video

Solenoid Type IAC test using a PicoScope

This video shows a PicoScope Automotive Oscilloscope being used to test a solenoid type idle air control valve.

7:17


volvo video

Volvo problem child

This video by Autonerdz is of a Volvo 940 that had been through many shops trying to cure a misfire and pinging. Diagnosed quickly with a PicoScope, the WPS500X pressure transducer and a little creativity.

12:10


MAF video

Digital MAF sensor testing using a PicoScope

This video shows how to test a digital (variable frequency) type MAF sensor using a PicoScope.

15:04



Secondary Ignition Analysis

This video by Mick Jones and Autonerdz demonstrates the power of PicoScope, along with some of its advanced features.

15:21


engine timing

1988 Honda Accord Misfire Case Study

This video by “ScannerDanner” uses PicoScope to diagnose a misfire on a 1988 Honda Accord.

15:27


secondary ignition

1999 Dodge Avenger Misfire Case Study

This video by “ScannerDanner” uses PicoScope to diagnose a misfire on a 1999 Dodge Avenger.

29:03


engine timing

How to Check For a Jumped Timing Chain or Belt

This video shows how to use your PicoScope to check engine timing.

30:36


camshaft sensor video

The Wrangler from hell

This four part case study from the PicoScope experts at Autonerdz is of a 2003 Jeep Wrangler that would idle ok but would stumble and stall as soon as the throttle was opened.

31:36


Ford COP

Ford COP Ignition Testing (2003 Expedition 5.4)

This video shows a 2003 Ford Expedition 5.4 coil–over–plug (COP) system with a misfire and a P0356 trouble code.

34:20


engine timing

2002 Ford Escape 3.0 Misfire Case Study

This video by “ScannerDanner” uses PicoScope and a WPS500X Pressure Transducer to diagnose a misfire on a 2002 Ford Escape.

39:06


PicoScope 6 video

An introduction to PicoScope 6

This five part guide by Autonerdz gives you a comprehensive introduction to PicoScope Automotive 6.

44:48


Pontiac misfire

2003 Pontiac Vibe 1.8L Misfire, Rough Idle

This two–part video looks at testing procedures on a Pontiac Vibe misfire and rough idle problems.

46:38


Lexus video

2000 Lexus RX 300 No Start

This two–part video looks at some of the testing procedures that may be used for any no start condition.

48:49


solving a misfire video

Solving A Misfire

This two–part video shows how ‘Eric The Car Guy’ and ‘ScannerDanner’ managed to solve a misfire using a combination of science and common sense.

48:49


Accessories

can test box video

Pico’s CAN Test Box in Action on a GM Class II Bus

A video from Autonerdz showing the CAN Test Box in action.

1:51


4 channel scope video

What do you get in a PicoScope 4–channel kit?

This video shows you just how much equipment is packed into one of our four–channel automotive kits.

1:56


WPS500X video

Transmission line pressure testing with
Pico’s WPS500X pressure transducer

A video from Autonerdz demonstrating the use of the WPS500X pressure transducer.

2:39


ACE Misfire video

ACE Misfire Detective

Using the ACE Misfire Detective software to identify the root cause of a misfire.

4:12


cylinder balance testing

Understanding running compression waveforms

Viewing the pressure waveforms from inside the cylinder of a running engine can provide a great deal of diagnostic information. Understanding these waveforms will help you spot valve issues, blocked catalytic converters and restricted air intakes.

6:51


volvo video

Volvo problem child

This video by Autonerdz is of a Volvo 940 that had been through many shops trying to cure a misfire and pinging. Diagnosed quickly with a PicoScope, the WPS500X pressure transducer and a little creativity.

12:10


Pico Diagnostics

testing relative compression

Using PicoDiagnostics to test relative compression

For many years mechanics have been using labscopes and current clamps to view relative compression during engine cranking. A PicoScope oscilloscope when used with PicoDiagnostics software to improve on this test by eliminating the need for a current clamp and displaying the results in an easy to understand bar graph.

5:04


cylinder balance testing

Misfire diagnosis and cylinder balance testing using PicoDiagnostics

PicoDiagnostics software can be used to quickly test the relative power output (power balance) and count the number of misfires from each cylinder. This can rapidly show problems such as power loss due to ignition issues, blocked injectors or poor compression.

7:10


testing batteries

Using PicoDiagnostics to test batteries, alternators and starter motors

PicoDiagnostics software can be used to test the battery (12 V or 24 V), alternator (for charging and diode ripple), starter motor and associated wiring. You can then print an easy to the understand report for your customer. The test is so quick to do that it's worthwhile doing on every vehicle that comes into your shop.

7:19


There’s a vast number of PicoScope users. Many of them are happy to show you how using an Automotive Diagnostics Kit can make diagnosing faults so much easier. Here’s just some of the ones available on the Internet. recommend a video for this section

Nissan Maxima Misfire video part 1

Nissan Maxima Misfire Case Study Part I

In this video Paul 'Scanner' Danner guides you through the essentials of PicoScope helps you master basic functions and tests.

48:03


Nissan Maxima Misfire video part 2

Nissan Maxima Misfire Case Study Part II

In this video Paul 'Scanner' Danner continues his introduction to the essentials of PicoScope and helps you to release the power of your system.

30:18


cylinder balance testing

Understanding running compression waveforms

Viewing the pressure waveforms from inside the cylinder of a running engine can provide a great deal of diagnostic information. Understanding these waveforms will help you spot valve issues, blocked catalytic converters and restricted air intakes.

6:51


cylinder balance testing

Misfire diagnosis and cylinder balance testing using PicoDiagnostics

PicoDiagnostics software can be used to quickly test the relative power output (power balance) and count the number of misfires from each cylinder. This can rapidly show problems such as power loss due to ignition issues, blocked injectors or poor compression.

7:10


testing batteries

Using PicoDiagnostics to test batteries, alternators and starter motors

PicoDiagnostics software can be used to test the battery (12 V or 24 V), alternator (for charging and diode ripple), starter motor and associated wiring. You can then print an easy to the understand report for your customer. The test is so quick to do that it's worthwhile doing on every vehicle that comes into your shop.

7:19


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