Automotive Newsletter

January 2013

Case study: Citroen C5

This month we have a Case Study from Steve Bickmore (Liteace), based in Tenerife (and also a member on our forum).

Steve had in a Citroen 2001 C5 2000, 16V (RFN). The owner said it had been to two workshops already. The first workshop fitted a new coil, and the second workshop said it needed a new coil! The owner complained of a hesitation and a yellow lamp flashing up on dash when driving. Also, every now and again at idle (depending on how far or long the car had been driven for), the yellow lamp would go out after stopping and restarting engine. Steve plugged in a diagbox and completed a scan. It showed a P0351\2 Ignition Coil A Primary/Secondary Circuit Malfunction...

You can read and discuss our latest case study on our forum.

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.

Best of the Web: Video case study

Here we have another video case study on YouTube with Paul Danner (aka ScannerDanner). In this video Paul investigates a 2004 Chrysler 3.3L vehicle, with a Cam sensor problem. The vehicle has P0344 and P0016 trouble codes. The depth of explanation combined with Paul's knowledge and experience enable easy viewing and understanding of his videos, so don't miss out!

View the 2004 Chrysler 3.3L Cam Sensor video on Youtube.

Forthcoming exhibitions and events

Automotive Training Expo: Autonerdz will be representing Pico Technology at the largest Automotive Training and Expo event on the West Coast of the US. The event itself features up-to-date training, keynote speakers, exhibitors and 'hands on' demonstrations, including all the very best in tools, equipment, diagnostics and the latest products from many leading manufacturers. Tom will be at the show all weekend, so why not make a special visit to see him at booth #51.

1st - 3rd March 2013 Automotive Training Expo 
The Doubletree Hotel in Seatac, WA, USA

VISION Hi-Tech Training and Expo

Celebrating its 21st year, this premier training and expo event will be held March 7-10, 2013, at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kansas City. VISION Hi-Tech Training and Expo offers 60,000 square feet of exhibits and will feature the latest in automotive service tools, equipment and services for the automotive industry. VISION's reach extends beyond ASA members to offer management and technical training to all automotive service professionals. More than 1,400 automotive service professionals from 34 states and from Australia and Canada received over 14,000 hours of training during the 2012 event.

The upcoming 2013 VISION  themed 'PowerUp '13'  includes 20 shop management and 65 technical/educator-focused sessions. Pico Technology will be attending the show, so why not come and see us at booth 406!!

Please pre-register for the show directly on the VISION website.

7th - 10th March 2013 VISION 
OPCC, Overland Park, KS 66211 (Kansas City), USA

Motortech Madrid: Iberia4s Leading Trade Fair for Automotive Parts, Equipment and Service Suppliers. Exhibitors are covering Parts and Systems, Accessories and Tuning, Repair and Maintenance, IT and Management, and Service Station and Car Wash products. In 2011, 40,000 professional participants from 41 countries attended the show where over 450 exhibitor stands were on display, and over 140 demonstrations took place.

MIAC our distributor in Spain will be attending the show. Why not see what they have to offer? MIAC will be at stand number 4C16, Pavilion 4.

13th - 16th March 2013 Motortech Madrid 
Madrid, Spain

STAHLGRUBER Show Munich: Under the motto of Information  Inspiration  Fascination, you will be right there to see live performances at many exhibition stands and receive first-hand information. Experience the STAHLGRUBER Exhibition as a communication platform, with detailed information about divisions, industry innovations and a wide variety of topics.

16th - 17th March 2013 STAHLGRUBER Show Munich 
81829 München, Messegelände, Paul-Henri-Spaak-Straße 6, Germany.

Auto Maintenance and Repair (AMR) Beijing: Hongke, our Master Distributor in China are representing Pico Technology at AMR 2013. This year an additional hall has been added to meet the exhibitors' increasing demands. The show has now reached a record-breaking 100,000 square feet, and will attract over 1100 exhibitors and 55,000 visitors. Being one of the biggest Automotive shows in China, AMR Beijing covers equipment, tools, and products in the following areas:

1st - 3rd April 2013 Auto Maintenance and Repair (AMR) Bejing 
New China International Exhibition Center, Beijing

Maintenance Equipment
Car Care Product
Test and Diagnostics Equipment
Coating and Maintenance Product
Car Beauty Product
Tyre and Recycling
Environment-friendly products
Service Station and Car Wash
Chain shops

1st - 3rd April 2013 Auto Maintenance and Repair (AMR) Bejing 
New China International Exhibition Center, Beijing

Popular on the forum....

A popular thread on our forum at the moment relates to a Hyundai Santa Fe'.

Can you assist? Perhaps you can lend your knowledge to the forum? Why not take a read and see? You could help, or perhaps you can benefit from our existing forum users?

You can read the Santa Fe topic on our automotive forum.

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. 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 
Exeter, England

PicoScope Diagnostics Course (Hosted by CES) 
6th/7th February 2013 
Chester, 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 
15th March, 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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