Automotive Newsletter

December 2012

Case Study Competition: BMW Mini


Congratulations go to Darren Cotton, from AVC (UK) LTD! Darren posted this case study on our forum, and it’s been chosen as the winner this time round! It was a tough competition this time round, with several great submissions! A credit of £200 is now Darren’s to spend on Pico Automotive products when buying direct! Read on to see Darren’s work…

This Mini was presented to me from a second hand car salesman, not the best customers to do work for in my opinion as their main concern is their profit and the jobs I receive from car sales plots can be in depth and he or she can be pressurising at times, as in their minds its always a quick fix. I am sure many of us can relate to this. Well, this is exactly how it was, with this a 2001 Mini with the airbag light on and tyre pressure monitoring light was also illuminated, this was after they had a valet on the vehicle. The salesman said “If you can just plug it in and reset it” how many times do we hear that one! I was already informed that a mobile company had already been out to it and their diagnostic tool was not connecting to it…

Read the BMW Mini K–Bus Diagnostics case study

There is time to enter our February competition! To enter navigate to the Case 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

New Product: TA156 M12 Compression Hose

Pico Technology is pleased to announce a new accessory for the successful WPS500 pressure transducer.

TA156 is our M12 compression hose and becomes the latest addition to the wide range of accessories already available for the WPS500. Other compression hoses available include the M10, M14, M18 and Triton Hoses.

From the Forum…

Our forum was recently visited by our Chinese Master Distributor, Hongke. Eric kindly created a post outlining some very useful information regarding PicoDiagnostics.

You can read Eric’s thread on our automotive forum.

Forthcoming Exhibitions and Events

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

Training Courses

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. The course runs several times a year around the UK, and the following dates are currently available:

PicoScope Diagnostics Course (Hosted by ALS)
31st January — 1st February 2013
Exter, England

PicoScope Diagnostics Course
2nd/3rd March 2013 *Weekend*
Bedford, England

PicoScope Diagnostics Course
12th/13th March 2013
Warrington, England

Places are limited, so please contact Professional Diagnostics Ltd via their contact form, or by calling 07881 555385. You can also reserve and pay online. Alternatively visit for more information.

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
8th January 2013 
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.


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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