Automotive Newsletter

August 2017

Newsletter August 2017

Case study: Communications fault on Mazda 3

Ben Martins was asked to work on a car with over 40 DTCs and all dashboard warning lights illuminated. This car had been worked on by several different workshops with thousands of pounds spent. Imagine their surprise when the actual problem was revealed, and the vehicle fixed …
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Individual cylinder valve timing error

Every day is an opportunity to learn something new, as Steve Smith recently proved. He was at the AMT Automotive Boot Camp in Holland, a place for like-minded technicians hungry for something new, to deliver ten 45-minute presentations over a day and a half.

His presentation focused on WPS500X in-cylinder measurements from a petrol engine where the valve timing could be manually adjusted. This is a great way to demonstrate the diagnostic capability of the WPS500X pressure transducer.
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Frank Massey videos

Episode 1
Episode 2
In this brand new series of videos, Frank Massey talks about compression testing with PicoScope and the WPS500X.

Updated and improved Guided Tests

In addition to creating new Guided Tests, we are also constantly working to update and improve the ones we already have. This month we have updated our Fuel Pump Guided test. You will also find a video further down in this newsletter demonstrating how to do this test. 
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Help us improve our tests:
As we are constantly looking to improve our content, we would love to have your input and observations at hand. If you have comments or feedback on one of our tests, feel free to leave it in the comments section at the bottom of each test on our website.

Focus piece: WPS500X adaptors

Pico has added two more adaptors and a connector hose to its selection of accessories for the WPS500X: The Right-angle Rectus-21 pressure adaptor, the Male-to-male Rectus-21 pressure adaptor and the Short hose with a female-to-female coupler (Rectus-21).
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Best of the web

Pico's own Ben Martins demonstrates how to test a fuel pump, using the fuse extension lead set and a current clamp. 
Ivan from Pine Hollow Auto Diagnostics looks at this Ford Freestar with a terrible squealing coming from the belt area.

Pico Technology in Germany!

To improve the service we can offer to our aftermarket and vehicle manufacturer customers in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, we have opened a Pico Technology GmbH Automotive office in Germany where Olaf Jensen has joined us as the Automotive Distribution Manager DACH.
The Pico Technology GmbH office is located at the Sternbeck Akademie in Garbsen near Hanover, where we also have access to a fully operational workshop business and excellent training facilities. The image shows the building awaiting Pico branding. 


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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