Automotive Newsletter

August 2008

Newsletter August 2008

This month we have a very interesting case study for you, written by a real PicoScope user who has kindly offered to share his diagnostic knowledge.

VW Golf GTi 1.8 Turbo driveability issues. This Golf was presented with the fault described as a misfire at 2000 rpm. The car had recently been purchased from a local dealership as a trade-in, so the new owner had limited experience of its previous history and performance. A quick road test revealed that the performance was below expectations, and a mild kangarooing was felt under load, but there were no trouble codes. Follow the story as the problem was solved using a Pico oscilloscope.

Read “VW Golf GTi 1.8 Turbo driveability issues” by Dave Hill

IMI Training News

Automotive team representatives Dave Hewson and Vikki Bateman recently supported the new IMI Member Association in West Wales at Coleg Sir Gâr with a presentation at an IMI seminar held there. The presentation included information on the use of oscilloscopes within the field of diagnostics in the motor industry. There is great demand for additional training in this area and this was reflected by the well-attended meeting, with some IMI members travelling over 60 miles to be there. We also attended and presented to the local IMI members at Bridgwater College in Somerset earlier in the year. This was also very well-received and we look forward to working more closely with the IMI and its members in the future.

Visit the IMI website for further information

Technical Information and Tips

Here’s a summary of the latest technical resources that you can find, free of charge, on our website.

  • Library of waveforms captured using the Automotive Diagnostics Kit
  • 10 engine management tutorials
  • 12 Real-Life Diagnostics stories from professional motor mechanic Nick Hibberd
  • PicoScope Automotive Oscilloscope Guide. Almost one hour long, this video guide contains everything from what an oscilloscope is and why you need one, to how to run simple tests and take measurements. Request a free CD

Engine Management Diagnostics Courses

If you own, or are thinking of buying, a Pico Automotive Diagnostics Kit, you mustn’t miss ourEngine Management Diagnostics course. This provides expert training on the fundamentals of engine management diagnostics, together with plenty of hands-on experience with our kit. The course is run several times a year around the UK.

These courses are popular, so book your course now!

Training Courses This Month

Engine Management Diagnostics using PicoScope

Preston College, Preston, Lancashire 
19-20 August 2008

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 theory sessions and practical demonstrations in a workshop using the Pico Automotive Diagnostic Kit on engine rigs.

Forthcoming Exhibitions and Training Dates

Visit the exhibitions page at for full details of upcoming exhibitions and training dates.

Employment Opportunities

Due to our continuing growth, we have vacancies for the following positions:

  • Development Engineer - Analogue Hardware
  • Development Engineer - Hardware
  • Development Engineer - Windows Desktop Application Software

We look forward to hearing from you if you want to be part of a growing company at the leading edge of test equipment design.


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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