Automotive Newsletter

August 2013

Newsletter August 2013


Congratulations go to Andrew Clarke (Fat Freddy on our forum) of Smart Tech Diagnostics, Western Sydney. Andrew uploaded his Case Study to our forum for entry into the competition this time round, and won! A credit of £200 is now his to spend on Pico Automotive products when buying direct! Read on to see Andrew's investigation...

"I was presented with this 1991 6cyl E36 325i BMW which had an on-going problem for the last two years and it seemed unrepairable. The complaint was lack of power, hesitation and the occasional cutting out on acceleration once warm. First up was the test drive to confirm the fault. Sure enough, once warm, as I accelerated it bucked badly. A massive flat spot that was hard to drive through. This was also accompanied by what sounded like a lean backfire. To me it appeared a definite lean fuel issue. And having six individual coils, the ignition system seemed an unlikely candidate...."

You can read the E36 BMW 325i Case Study online, or view and discuss it on our forum.

Why not enter our October competition! To enter navigate to theCase Studies section of our forum and tell us about your investigations and stories when using our products. To improve your chances of being chosen, your submission should have a clear explanation of the task, and include photos and PicoScope screen captures.

Don't feel your investigations aren't good enough, put them on the forum... you never know!!

See our forum for dates and full terms and conditions.

Best of the Web

Dave Rogers has written a couple of scope related features on his blog,Autoelex. This time base article fits particularly nicely with our next Best of the Web feature, also based on scope basics.

View the Automotive Scope Basics: Setting the time base correctly article on Dave's Autoelex Blog.

Here we have a 40 minute video on YouTube with ScannerDanner. If you have seen Paul's videos before you will know their value, and that it is worth taking the time to watch them.

In this video Paul covers the basics of our Software, from time base settings to triggers, and even covers the connections on the scope. Worth a watch if you are new to oscilloscope diagnostics, or even if you're not!

View the PicoScope Basics Part 1 video on YouTube.

Automotive roles available! Employment opportunities


Do you want to work at the leading edge of automotive diagnostic and test equipment design? Or perhaps know someone that would thrive in our industry and the environment Pico Technology provides?

We are currently looking for the following candidates:

  • Automotive Distributor Manager (Sales)
  • Automotive Technical Specialist

We are always on the lookout for talented individuals to join our expanding team. Based in St Neots, Cambridgeshire we are a growing company with fantastic employee benefits and prospects. Why not visit (or recommend) our web page, and see what we have to offer?!

Forthcoming exhibitions and events

Mechanex: A 'hands on' event featuring the very best in tools, equipment, diagnostics and the latest products from many leading parts manufacturers.

If you’ve got time to pre-register for the show, there will be a free bacon roll and a free ‘Professional Motor Mechanic’ T-shirt ready for you to pick up on the day. Pico Technology will be attending the show, so why not come and see what we have to offer?

Please pre-register for the show directly on the Mechanex Donington website.

10th - 11th September 2013 Mechanex 
Donington Park, Derby, England

Automotive Testing Expo China 2013: Automotive Testing Expo China 2013 is set to capitalise on the rapid growth in new car sales and the need for higher quality and safer vehicles by bringing together the world’s leading test equipment manufacturers and test service providers over three days.
Visitors to Automotive Testing Expo China 2013 will be able to see the very latest test technologies and services that are being used in the full automotive production process. From the initial prototype analysis through to end of line inspection and quality assurance, and every procedure in between, exhibitors will display their very latest products that are all improving vehicle reliability, durability, safety and quality.

HongKe, our Master Distributor in China will be exhibiting at the show: West Hall, 2nd Floor, situated at booth 9001.

For information on the show please see the Automotive Testing Expo China 2013 website. The website is in Chinese, but an English version is available.

10th - 12th September 2013 Automotive Testing Expo China 2013 
Shanghai Everbright Convention & Exhibition Center, China

Training courses

If you own, or are thinking of buying, a PicoScope Automotive Diagnostics Kit, you mustn't miss the Professional Diagnostics Ltd engine management diagnostics course. This two-day officialPico Technology 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 PicoScope Automotive Diagnostics Kit. The two day course includes everything you need to get the best from an oscilloscope.

Please contact Professional Diagnostics Ltd via their contact form to register interest. Please state your location and training needs when completing the form. Alternatively you can call 07881 555385 or for more information.

A certificate of completion from Pico Technology Ltd will be presented to qualifying delegates. The courses runs from 9am to 5pm with an hour for lunch (lunch is included in the booking fee).

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

PicoScope Hands-On Class 
27th September, 2013 
4715 Fir Tree Rd SE, Olympia, WA USA 98501 (Autonerdz Training Center)

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


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)

Pico Technology North America Inc.
320 N Glenwood Blvd.
TX 75702
United States
Tel:+1 800 591 2796 (Toll Free)

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