Automotive Newsletter

January 2018

Newsletter January 2018

Case Study: Fiat Kobelco Excavator

By Ben Martins

After the release of our Engine and Hydraulics kit, it seemed apt that I was asked how the kit can be applied to a faulty machine. What we have here is a Fiat Kobelco E135 tracked Excavator, fitted with an Iveco 4-cylinder diesel engine. There is nothing too fancy about the engine: it is an old-type geared industrial engine with a rotary pump and mechanical injectors. In terms of engine electrical equipment, there really isn’t much going on!
As always (but particularly in this case) the customer interview was vitally important. According to the operator, the machine had always been a little temperamental, but it really started acting up four months ago. The engine would stop suddenly, while the machine was being operated!
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Pico Automotive Roadshow 2018

Pico Automotive Roadshow: 26th Feb - 5th July 2018
Where to start, what to do and how to succeed

A UK tour across 20 different venues, covering England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
At each event our automotive experts will be on hand covering:
  • Using PicoScope, where, when and why
  • Making connections to components and capturing data
  • Understanding waveforms and diagnostic tips
  • The power of PicoScope with future technologies
  • Live demonstrations and hands-on experience including a view of our product range
  • Question and answer sessions
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Caption competition – Results

In our December newsletter, we asked our readers to send in their suggestions for a caption competition. This lovely image of Steve Smith in an engine bay was too good an opportunity to miss. We received a lot of great suggestions, and here are a few of our favorites:
~ Scania baby, slip a scope-lead into pin3....for me.....
~ Get me a scope! I’ve got to get this sleigh going quick!
~ The fool started the engine that's how I got dragged into this situation.

Our top caption came from Philip Williams, Technical Manager at Headset Services Ltd:

~ Santa’s sleigh will be OK to go – just give me a few pico-seconds to fix it.

From the forum…

liviu2004, a user on our automotive forum, put this rather interesting WPS500X investigation online, and we're glad it is there!
I was asked to have a look at this Opel Astra H, 2004 with Z18XE engine, petrol 1.8. The customer had the car for a week. Complaints being that the engine starts and stalls immediately or starts and only idles, even on full gas.
The car has been in a garage and with my friend who did some basic tests. The following have been done to the car prior to my arrival:
  • diagnostics, no fault codes found whatsoever;
  • mass air flow meter plug disconnected;
  • another genuine crankshaft position sensor;
  • fuel pump replaced;
  • spark coil and spark plugs replaced;
  • gas throttle replaced;
  • compression test done with the test hose exploded.
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ScannerDanner video

In the latest video to be released from ScannerDanner's premium YouTube channel, this 2011 3.5L Honda Odyssey has a misfire on cylinder #3.

Introduction to PicoScope

Pico's Distribution Sales Manager Jon Parker presents this five-minute video. Covering downloading, installing, and using PicoScope for the first time, Jon gives a basic overview of PicoScope Automotive.


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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