Automotive Newsletter

February 2011

New Case Study: BMW M3 Electrohydraulic Gearbox

Knowing when to say "No!" is something that we learn as we progress through the ranks in the motor repair business, but sometimes we still succumb to the urge to take on an interesting job. We recently had a 2003 BMW M3 drop in on us, with two warning lights displayed and the customer complaining that he kept losing his gears. This car is fitted with an SMG transmission and my knowledge was somewhat limited to be honest. I had read some horror stories, where owners had spent literally thousands of pounds before a fix was found. This really ought to be the job for a BMW dealership or independent specialist, but the masochistic side of me drew me into an interesting diagnostic process…

Read on to see how Dave conquered this automotive headache… “BMW M3 Electrohydraulic Gearbox” by Dave Hill of London Road Garage.

Drive towards a new career in 2011!

Perhaps 2011 will be the year in which you discover the benefits of working for Pico Technology:

  • Design and development of exciting new products
  • A culture of constant technical innovation
  • Opportunities in test and measurement, and automotive, markets
  • A company that’s frequently nominated for awards (some of which we win!)

We currently have the following vacancies, but don’t worry if you don’t fit exactly into any of these categories. We are always looking for design talent.

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

Find details of these positions, and an online application form, at You can also send enquiries by email We look forward to hearing from yo

Training Courses

Diagnostic Solutions, a Pico distributor based in Ireland, delivers PicoScope Oscilloscope Training in Dublin. Please email for further information.

Autonerdz, a Pico distributor based in North America, delivers PicoScope Oscilloscope Training both at their headquarters located in Olympia WA, and online. Please contact Autonerdz for further information.

Engine Management Diagnostics course

If you own, or are thinking of buying, a Pico Automotive Diagnostics Kit, you mustn’t miss ourEngine 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 we currently have the following dates available:

Mexborough (Rotherham area), UK
22-23 March 2011

Motherwell College, Motherwell, UK
5-6 April 2011

Brooklands College, Weybridge, UK
19-20 April 2011

Accrington and Rossendale College, Accrington, UK
5-6 July 2011

Places are limited, so please book online or call us to reserve your place.

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)

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

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