Automotive Newsletter

June 2010

New Case Study: Skoda Octavia Crankshaft Reluctor

This month we have a new addition to our Everyday Diagnostics series: a relatively simple repair, if you have a scope! This vehicle was recovered from another garage after having its engine rebuilt. It would start and then cut out.

For the full story Read “Skoda Octavia Crankshaft Reluctor” by George Cameron.

Technical Information and Tips

PicoScope can now test components with frequency outputs.

Some modern MAF sensors, for example, contain digital electronics so that the scaling and corrections can be made within the sensor, thus improving accuracy. The output of these sensors is a changing frequency, so we recently added the facility to record this frequency against time. The frequency measurement option is enabled from the AC/DC drop-down menu. This option is only available on the PicoScope 4000 Series of automotive scopes, as it requires hardware resources not available in earlier products.

Read more in the Library section of our website, where you will find further information, videos and articles, all free of charge.

Training Courses

f 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:

Accrington & Rossendale College, Accrington, UK
6-7 July 2010

Mexborough, UK
24-25 August 2010

Motherwell College, Motherwell, UK
12-13 October 2010

Brooklands College, London, UK
26-27 October 2010

City of Bristol College, Bristol, UK
30 November & 1 December 2010

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.

Employment Opportunities

Due to our continuing growth, we have vacancies for the following positions:

  • Development Engineer - Windows Desktop Application Software
  • Development Engineer - Analogue Hardware
  • Development Engineer - Hardware
  • Software Test Engineer
  • Technical Specialist

We look forward to hearing from you if you want to be part of a growing company at the leading edge of test equipment design.


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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Contact details

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Tel.: 01480 396395 (+44 1480 396395)
Fax: 01480 396296 (+44 1480 396296)

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320 N Glenwood Blvd.
TX 75702
United States
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