Automotive Newsletter

March 2013

Case study: Rover 45

This month we feature a Case Study from Rob Smith (Robski on our forum).

Rob had a Rover 45 in with an engine management light illuminated, but there did not appear to be any running issues.

You can read the Rover 45 Case Study online and discuss it on our forum.

Why not enter our April competition! To enter navigate to the Case Studies sectionof 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.

Here we have a (long) video case study on YouTube with ScannerDanner. If you have seen Paul's videos before you will know their value, and that it is worth taking the time to watch his videos. In this video ScannerDanner has a 2003 Toyota Echo with a misfire trouble code (P0304). In this video you initially hear the misfire, before Paul walks through the steps of diagnosing the problem. Between the DTC and basic testing it is confirmed that cylinder 4 is the problem cylinder. A clear flood mode crank checks for consistent compression sound, which indicates compression is OK. The next step would be either injector or spark. For the benefit of this video the spark is checked next to help emphasise how to check the 4-pin 4-wire coil over plug designs....

View the How to Test a 4-wire C.O.P Ignition Coil video on YouTube.

Forthcoming exhibitions and events

Auto Maintenance and Repair (AMR) Beijing: Hongke, our Master Distributor in China, is 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:

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) Beijing 
New China International Exhibition Center, Beijing

The Commercial Vehicle Show 2013: Without question since its launch in 2000, the Commercial Vehicle Show has emerged as the most productive sourcing and selling opportunity for the entire UK road freight transport and logistics industry. The CV Show is the largest and most comprehensive road freight transport event staged in Britain, catering for every operator's requirements from truck, van and trailer manufacturers through to handling equipment, insurers, tyre, telemetry and training providers, fuels and lubricant suppliers – and a whole lot more. To ensure the industry's wheels keep turning at maximum efficiency, the Workshop area features 100+ stands showcasing everything from OE components and replacement parts to maintenance management systems, garage and workshop equipment.

A small team from Pico will be exhibiting at the show at stand 4D67, so why don't you come and say "Hi!"?

9th - 11th April 2013 The Commercial Vehicle Show 2013 
NEC, Birmingham

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 CES) 
16th/17th April 2013 
Chester, England

PicoScope Diagnostics Course *Weekend* 
27th/28th April 2013 
Glasgow, Scotland

PicoScope Diagnostics Course (Hosted by Delphi) 
30th April/1st May 2013 
Warwickshire, England

PicoScope Diagnostics Course (Hosted by ALS) 
2nd/3rd May 2013 
Exeter, England

Places are limited, so please contact Professional Diagnostics Ltd via their contact form, or by calling07881 555385. You can also reserve and pay online. Alternatively visit for more information. A certificate of completion from Pico Technology Ltd will be presented to qualifying delegates. This course runs for two days, from 9am to 5pm with an hour for lunch (lunch is included in the booking fee).

Autonerdz, a Pico distributor based in North America, delivers PicoScope Oscilloscope Training both at its headquarters located in Olympia WA, and online. The following date is currently available:

PicoScope Hands-On Class 
10th May, 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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