Automotive Newsletter

April 2022


Automotive Newsletter

April 2022

This April, we're excited to present to you a new video case study focusing on a Ford Fiesta, the release of our TA514 Professional breakout lead set, and the latest PicoScope 7 Automotive stable release!

In addition, our website now features a new Pico Planet environmental page, detailing some ways we're putting our eco-friendly ethos into practice. We also have two forum posts to share, as well as two new videos in our 'Best of the web' section.

Video case study: Ford Fiesta

In this video case study, our own Steve Smith runs non-intrusive diagnostics on a Ford Fiesta with faulty direct gasoline injectors. Take a look to see our PicoScope 7 Automotive software in action!

Check out the full video at the link below, or download PicoScope 7 Automotive for free on our website.

TA514 Professional breakout lead set

We are delighted to announce that we have recently rolled out our new TA514 Professional breakout lead set that represents a significant upgrade to our previous PQ070 kit, which it replaces.

The kit comprises the following 19 different sized sets of 4 universal breakout leads and a set of back-pinning probes:

- 14 sets with flat blade connectors in different sizes (0.6 mm,  0.8mm,  0.84mm, 1.0mm, 1.2 mm, 1.3mm, 1.5mm, 2.0 mm, 2.3 mm, 2.8 mm, 4.8 mm, 6.0 mm, 8.0mm, 8.3mm).
- 4 sets with round pins in different sizes (1.5 mm, 2.0 mm, 3.5 mm
and 4.0 mm).
- 1 set with square pins in one size (0.63mm).
- Right-angle back-pinning probes with hard tip 0.7mm outer diameter with
300 mm extension lead.

With all the connectivity options it provides, the kit improves your chances of making a sound connection between the terminals of any connector you might encounter.

Each breakout lead within each set of four is colored to match one of the standard PicoScope channel inputs (i.e. blue, red, green or yellow) to help you keep track of connections and channels.

Check out the full article on the Pico Auto website.

You can purchase the new TA514 Professional breakout lead set on our website.

Note: The individual sets of test leads are not available for purchase separately.


Latest PicoScope 7 Automotive stable release!

We are pleased to announce that last week we released a new stable version of our PicoScope 7 Automotive software (7.0.93). The new release brings together all the new features that have been rolled out in our early access version since our last stable release (7.0.80). It is our recommended version for day-to-day diagnostic use in your workshop.

Check out the full list of updates, and download PicoScope 7 Automotive for free, on our website.

Pico Planet: Our new environmental web page

Take a look at our NEW environmental page which is now live on the website.
As you are all aware, we at Pico are very keen to be environmentally-aware and reduce our carbon usage wherever we can. We have already established the PicoPlanet steering committee, and want to inform our customers and distributors  of the changes we are making as a business to reduce our carbon footprint.
We recently filmed a video with our Chairman, Mark Jones, and Pico Planet representative Jon Parker, to discuss the many ways that Pico are becoming greener in the way we conduct business. These range from using plastic-free tape and installing solar panels on James House, to repurposing old cardboard boxes for packaging materials to use instead of plastic. As a company, we are also looking at finding alternative ways to travel for business, as well as alternatives to our plastic cases. In addition, we provide staff talks to educate our team on what we can do as individuals, and as part of the business, to help protect the planet for the future.

Forum posts

This month, we've compiled two of our favorite posts from the PicoScope Automotive forum, both of which focus on electric vehicle charging.
PLC by Steve Smith
An investigation of Power Line Communication and its role within electric vehicle charging. This study focuses on a charging failure in a 2015 VW E-Golf equipped with a Combined Charging System.
CHAdeMO by Ben Martins
In this post, Ben Martins runs diagnostics on an electric vehicle fitted with a CHAdeMO socket, and investigates CHAdeMO as a charging solution.
P0205 - VZ Commodore 3.6L Injector Control Circuit Malfunction by Romano's Automotive

In this video, the team at Romano's Automotive run diagnostics on a Commodore VZ.
What Will This Waveform Look Like?! Corroded Sensor Pickup by Mechanic Mindset

In this video, Mechanic Mindset use a PicoScope to test ABS sensors on the rear of a BMW E Series.
An apology...

Due to a technical error, the Best of the Web links in our March 2022 newsletter did not properly redirect. For this reason, we're including a link to Range rover overheating - Cooling fans not working by Romano's Automotive, here.
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