Automotive Newsletter

August 2011

Pico Technology Competition Result!


Last month we announced that Pico Technology had reached its 20th year of business. To celebrate this we offered the opportunity to WIN a PICOSCOPE 4423. Our competition winner was… Kevin Robson of Carbar Automotive, Morpeth. We hear that Kevin used to use a PicoScope in a previous role, and has missed it ever since! We hope you enjoy using your latest tool Kevin, and please feel free to keep us up–to–date on what you use it for, and your experiences with it. We could even feature your experiences as one of our Case Studies!

New Case Study: Mitsubishi Shogun


I was asked to look at this 3.0 Mitsubishi Shogun which has its Engine Management Light on. This had already been looked at by another garage, the customer has taken it back to them twice with the same problem and they have failed to fix it despite money already spent. These jobs as we all know can be a problem, the customer’s budget already spent on unnecessary parts and time by the previous garage, and the pressure is on to get the diagnosis right first time.

View the complete case study by Darren Cotton.

Best of the Web


There’s a vast number of PicoScope users. Many of them are only too happy to show you how using an Automotive Diagnostics Kit can make diagnosing faults so much easier. Here’s a video from our library, showing PicoScope 6 in action. This 2004 PT Cruiser had a P0340 DTC (note: this video has no audio, but on–screen notes are shown).

Our full collection of videos can be found in our automotive library.


This month Autonerdz have put together a superb download package free of charge! This is an updated version of the download offered as the handout for the recent NACAT sessions, with documents, videos, and other materials to help you out. Just unzip this into a folder on your hard drive or a CD, or USB stick and enjoy.

Training Courses

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
7th October 2011
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.

Technical Topics are running a course on ‘Oscilloscope Diagnostics and Advanced Scopes’. Places are strictly limited, so please contact Technical Topics to book your place! The following date is currently available:

Oscilloscope Training Course 24th & 25th October 2011
Swansea, Wales

For further information and to book your place call Technical Topics on 01278 428 699.

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, together with plenty of hands-on experience with our kit. The course runs several times a year around the UK, and the following dates are currently available (now including weekends):

Direct PicoScope Diagnostics Course
18th/19th October 2011
Motherwell, Scotland

Direct PicoScope Diagnostics Course
14th/15th December 2011
Weybridge, London, England

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

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

Forthcoming Exhibitions and Events

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


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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Pico Technology, James House, Colmworth Business Park, St. Neots, Cambridgeshire, PE19 8YP, England
Tel.: 01480 396395 (+44 1480 396395)
Fax: 01480 396296 (+44 1480 396296)

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320 N Glenwood Blvd.
TX 75702
United States
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