Automotive Newsletter

April 2012

Competition Still Running!


Our competition is still running, where you our readers can win up to £200 worth of credit vouchers to spend on Automotive Pico Technology products when buying direct.

What do you have to do? Simply navigate to the Case Studies section of our forum and tell us about your investigations and success stories when using our products. We will award the credit to whom we believe submits the best quality case study. To improve your chances of being chosen, your submission should have a clear explanation of the task, and include photos and PicoScope screen captures.

Video Case Study


Here we have a two–part video (both parts are around 20 minutes) on YouTube from Paul Danner (aka ScannerDanner) of Engine Performance Diagnostics. In part 1 of this video Paul walks through some of the testing procedures that may be used for any no start condition. This particular vehicle is a 2000 Lexus RX 300. One thing to note, the cam-crank relationship waveform capture in the first picture is wrong, watch the end of the part 1 video for this correction.

View 2000 Lexus No Start

Best of the Web


Motor Age magazine will be hosting a live webcast on testing engine mechanical health. They’ll be using a PicoScope, WPS500 transducer and a FirstLook tailpipe sensor. The training is offered free, but you need to register. It takes place on May 31st at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (June 1st at 1 a.m. GMT) and is live on the car. This allows the audience to ask questions and participate during the webcast. As with all of the Motor Age webcasts, the recorded session will be uploaded for viewing at a later date.

Our very own collection of informative videos can be found in our automotive library.

Featured Product


Pico’s 6–way Universal Automotive Breakout Leads are designed to work with any vehicle — eliminating the need to own many specific breakout leads for engine diagnostics. The breakout leads are available with 4 different sizes of connectors allowing you to connect to virtually any sensor in the engine compartment — of any vehicle — using just 4 leads. Never again will you need to search your workshop for that expensive vehicle/sensor specific lead. The breakout lead is simply connected into the existing cable loom and enables voltage readings to be taken from the numerous sensors in the engine compartment. The output signal can then be taken from the 4 mm banana plugs into the input of the automotive oscilloscope using the TA000 test lead.

Note: a TA000 will be required to convert the 4 mm banana plug connection on the Pico 6–way breakout lead into a BNC connector suitable for plugging into the PicoScope.

To find detailed connection information, or to order your Universal Breakout Leads, please visit the Universal Breakout Leads page on our website.

Forthcoming Exhibitions and Events

Please see our events page for the latest information about forthcoming exhibitions, courses and other events.

Training Courses

If you own, or are thinking of buying, a Pico Automotive Diagnostics Kit, you mustn’t miss the Professional Diagnostics Ltd Engine Management Diagnostics course. This two-day course introduces the basic working principles of engine management systems, component testing and system diagnostics using oscilloscopes. The course is split between class–based theory sessions and practical demonstrations in a workshop using the Pico Automotive Diagnostics Kit. The course runs several times a year around the UK, and the following dates are currently available:

PicoScope Diagnostics Course (Weekend)
28/29 April 2012
Bedford, England

PicoScope Diagnostics Course (Hosted by ALS)
17/18 May 2012
Exeter, England

PicoScope Diagnostics Course (Weekend)
26/27 May 2012
Glasgow, Scotland

Places are limited, so please call 07881 555385 to reserve your place, or visit for more information.

Autonerdz, a Pico distributor based in North America, delivers PicoScope Oscilloscope Training both at their headquarters located in Olympia WA, and online.The following date is currently available:

PicoScope Hands On Class
18 May 2012
4715 Fir Tree Rd SE, Olympia, WA, USA 98501 (Autonerdz Training Center)

For further information, or to register, call Autonerdz on 877-628-4899 (Toll Free USA and Canada) or via email.

Diagnostic Solutions, a Pico distributor based in Ireland, delivers PicoScope Oscilloscope Training in Dublin. Please email for further information.

Please contact your local distributor for information on training events outside the UK.


Please visit Pico Exhibitions for the latest list of exhibitions and trade shows that Pico and its representatives will be attending.

We're hiring!

Thanks to our continuing success and growth Pico are always seeking talented people to join our company.

Please visit to see our current vacancies. We look forward to hearing from you!

Software releases

Our latest software releases are available as free downloads. To check which release you are using, start the software and select Help > About.

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