Automotive Newsletter

January 2023


Pico Automotive Newsletter

January 2023

Happy New Year! And welcome to the first Pico Automotive newsletter of 2023!

This month's newsletter features plenty of content related to NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness), including our 'Knock, Knock (What's that noise?)' video, our product focus, and the final video presentation from our PicoAcademy series.

Our PicoAcademy video, Introduction to PicoScope, is now available in Polish.

In addition, we feature a case study on an Iveco Eurocargo, and a highlight from our PicoScope Automotive forum.

We're also offering a FREE masterclass at REXPERT Academy live, in Hornchurch, UK.

Finally, check out the newest highlights from Best of the Web.

Video: Knock, Knock (What's that noise?)

In this video, Steve Smith investigates a knocking noise, with the help of multiple accelerometers and our NVH software. Watch the full video to gain a valuable insight into noise, vibration, harshness (NVH).

PicoDiagnostics NVH Kit

The PicoDiagnostics NVH kits from Pico Technology are the cost-effective answer to the many NVH problems facing technicians today. The software provides a real-time diagnosis to the technician, in the form of either: a bar graph, a frequency chart, a 3D frequency chart, RPM order, road speed view or a time domain view. The ability to start the recording before a road test and playback and analyze the recording back in the shop, ensures that the driver's attention remains on the road. Saving the recordings couldn’t be easier: Much like our other automotive software, you can simply save the file to your laptop’s hard drive.

The PicoDiagnostics NVH kits make use of the PicoScope Automotive oscilloscopes and are available in a number of configurations to suit your needs. You can be sure that your investment in the PicoDiagnostics NVH kit will benefit your business without the need for further spending. If you already have a PicoScope Automotive oscilloscope, you’re halfway there.

You can find out more about our PicoDiagnostics NVH kits on our website.

PicoAcademy: NVH diagnostics

This is the final in our series of PicoAcademy video presentations. This video was originally aired at Automechanika Frankfurt, and focuses on our NVH diagnostics. Jon Parker and Steve Smith give a comprehensive overview on noise, vibration and harshness.

You can check out the full video below!

More PicoAcademy... Introduction to PicoScope (Polish dub)

Jeśli jeszcze nie masz oscyloskopu w swoim warsztacie samochodowym musisz zobaczyć ten film. Dowiesz się:

- Co to jest oscyloskop,
- Jak działa,
- Jakie testy można przeprowadzić w pojazdach
- Kilka wybranych testów czujniki, sieci can i wiele innych
- Obsługa oprogramowania

Case study: Iveco Eurocargo

Our newest case study focuses on a 2009 Iveco Eurocargo, with warning lights, intermittent loss of operation despite the engine still running, and non-selectable gears on a ZF Lite AS-Tronic gearbox.

"Nobody likes an intermittent fault. You can guarantee that by the time you get to look at it, the problem won’t be there and the chances of it reappearing will be once you hand the vehicle back to the customer. I was asked to join a customer following precisely this situation where an initial assessment was carried out only for the fault to not reappear during the diagnosis. Only once the driver was back on the road did it come back and when this fault occurred, the gearbox would select neutral, idle speed would increase, lack of throttle response and would then just sit there with no way of moving it."

Check out the full case study on our website.


From our forum...

Here, we share with you the latest from our Pico Automotive Forum!
Re: One waveform One picture

In this update to the One waveform One Picture thread, Ben Martins presents to us an interesting case study on the use of an 8-channel PicoScope on an Extec crusher that intermittently cuts out.

Check out the full post on our Pico Automotive forum!

REPXPERT Academy Live

Pico are offering a free PicoScope mini masterclass at REPXPERT Academy Live on the 4th February 2023. You can come to see us in person to improve your understanding of the diverse ways an oscilloscope can help quickly check and diagnose system faults across a variety of vehicles.

This event is taking place in the UK, at the following address:

New City College,
42 Ardleigh Green Road,
RM11 2LL.

Register now online to attend!
PicoScope 7 Channel Options and Probe Choices by DrivelineMaster

In this video, DrivelineMaster offers an overview of channel options and probe choices in our
PicoScope 7 Automotive software.
07 gmc alternator making loud noise... by Key On Engine Running

In this quick diagnostic process, Key On Engine Running uses NVH to listen to alternator noise to determine which part needs replacing.
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