Automotive Newsletter

June 2011

New Case Study: Audi S3 Rough Idle


In July of 2010, a 2001 Audi S3 came to us with idling problems. To our disadvantage, a garage had previously worked on the vehicle and cleared the ‘DTC’ (Diagnostic Trouble Code) information from the ECU. The garage had also replaced the exhaust gas temperature sensor because a DTC for the sensor had been found. The other faults were ignored and erased.

To read on and see how this tricky automotive problem was solved, see the full article “Audi S3 Rough Idle”.

The article was submitted by Andy Cape, Cape Auto Diagnostics, Cape Town, South Africa.

Best of the web


In our online library of videos, Frank Massey tells you all you need to know about the PicoScope automotive oscilloscope and automotive software. Below are just two of the videos available to view online. One shows a possible use of our automotive scopes when faced with lambda sensor problems, while in the second video Frank gives his own review of the PicoScope Automotive product.

Our full collection of Frank’s videos can be found in our automotive library.

This video from AutoNerdz) an excellent video covering a Volvo 940 which had already been to various garages/shops in order to find the problem, to no avail. With good technique and use of a Automotive PicoScope, Tom Roberts shows how to find the real problem.

Training Courses

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

For further information, or to register, call Autonerdz on 877-628-4899 (Toll Free USA and Canada) or via email.

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

If you own, or are thinking of buying, a Pico Automotive Diagnostics Kit, you mustn’t miss the Professional Diagnostics Ltd Engine 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 the following dates are currently available (now including weekends):

Direct PicoScope Diagnostics Course
Mexborough (Rotherham Area), UK
25–26 June 2011

Direct PicoScope Diagnostics Course
Accrington, UK
5–6 July 2011

Places are limited, so please call 07881 555385 to reserve your place, or visit for more information.

Please contact your local distributor for information on training events outside the UK.

Fantastic Opportunities to Join an Innovative Company!

Perhaps this is the year you will 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 prestigious automotive markets
  • A company that frequently wins awards

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 you.

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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Tel.: 01480 396395 (+44 1480 396395)
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320 N Glenwood Blvd.
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United States
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