Automotive Newsletter

May 2012

Case Study: Hyundai Porter 2


Many diesel vehicles manufactured after the year 2000 are equipped with a common rail diesel system. Using the wrong fuel, mistaken maintenance, and engine overheating can force a diesel car into a garage for investigation and repair. This Hyundai Porter 2 had a cold start problem, where the engine ran poorly and white smoke was apparent. The previous engineer had changed injectors and the actual engine head, but the problem still occurred…

See how the use of a PicoScope and PicoDiagnostics detected and identified the fault where the scan tool could not.

Best of the Web

Here we have another video case study on YouTube with Paul Danner (aka ScannerDanner). In this video Paul investigates a 2003 Ford Expedition 5.4 V8 vehicle. The vehicle has a coil over plug system, and has a misfire and P0356 trouble code. The depth of explanation combined with the use of Paul’s Smartboard enable easy viewing of his videos, so don’t miss out!

View the Ford C.O.P. Ignition Testing (2003 Expedition 5.4) video

Motor Age magazine will be hosting a live webcast on testing engine mechanical health. They’ll be using a PicoScope, WPS500 transducer and a FirstLook tailpipe sensor. The training is offered free, but you need to register. It takes place on May 31st at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (June 1st at 1 a.m. GMT) and is live on the car. This allows the audience to ask questions and participate during the webcast. As with all of the Motor Age webcasts, the recorded session will be uploaded for viewing at a later date.

Our very own collection of informative videos can be found in our automotive library.

Are You a ‘Happy Engineer’, or is it Time to Inspire Technology?

Do you feel flat and un–motivated on a Monday morning? Do you use technology yet dream of developing it? Do you wish you had the time to investigate and develop your own ideas?
At Pico Technology you can do just that. Our Blue Sky afternoons once a week allow you to flex those brainwaves! If this sounds too good to be true perhaps it’s time you looked to join our award winning company?
As part of Pico Technology you’ll feel valued and appreciated. What’s more you’ll be able to see directly how your efforts make a difference to our customers.

So if you want your efforts recognised, and your inspirations rewarded… why not face Monday mornings with Pico Technology? As part of our team you will benefit from:

  • Designing, developing and supporting exciting new and existing products
  • Being part of constant technical innovation
  • Opportunities to shine in test and measurement, and prestigious automotive markets
  • Working for a company that frequently wins awards
  • Working flexible hours
  • Seeing your projects through from early design to release
  • Being recognised, and rewarded for your hard work and commitment
  • Being part of a profit share scheme
  • …plus many more benefits!

We are continuously looking to expand our talented team of C++ and C# software engineers to work on the next generation of high performance test equipment and automotive diagnostic products. Don't worry if you don’t fit exactly into any of these categories, as we are always looking for design talent.

  • Development Engineer — C++ / C# Software Engineer (including Automotive diagnostics and testing)
  • Development Engineer — Digital Electronics
  • Development Engineer — Graduate opportunities

Pico Technology has grown every year for the last 20 years. Our ongoing recruitment is required to help in the continued growth and expansion of our company.

Find details of the above positions, and an online application form at You will also find our C# / C++ Software Engineers Technical Test online: it could be your first step to an inspiring software design career… so why not have a go? Once you have completed the test simply send us your source code together with your CV when you apply.

You can also send enquiries by email to We look forward to hearing from you.

Competition Still Running!


Our competition is still running, where you our readers can win up to £200 in credit vouchers to spend on Automotive Pico Technology products when buying direct.

What do you have to do?

Simply navigate to the Case Studies section of our forum and tell us about your investigations and success stories when using our products. We will award the credit to whom we believe submits the best quality case study. To improve your chances of being chosen, your submission should have a clear explanation of the task, and include photos and PicoScope screen captures.

Forthcoming Exhibitions and Events

Please see our events page for the latest information about forthcoming exhibitions, courses and other events.

Mechanex Competition Winner


During the Mechanex show in Manchester we asked visitors to spare a few minutes and complete a short survey based on oscilloscope training. In turn they were entered into a prize draw to win a PicoScope 4223. The winner was chosen at random earlier this week, and congratulations go out to Chris Bee from Soltcoat Motors of Poulton-le-Fylde! A PicoScope 4223 will be on its way to you soon! Keep us posted on your experience with it; who knows, you may even get a feature in a future newsletter?!

Training Courses

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. The course runs several times a year around the UK, and the following dates are currently available:

Direct PicoScope Diagnostics Course (Hosted by CES) 
10/11 July 2012
Chester, England

PicoScope Diagnostics Course
17/18 July 2012
Accrington, England

Direct PicoScope Diagnostics Course (Weekend)
18/19 August 2012
Bedford, England

Direct PicoScope Diagnostics Course (Weekend)
15/16 September 2012
Bedford, England

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

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

PicoScope Hands On Class
13 July 2012
4715 Fir Tree Rd SE, Olympia, WA, USA 98501 (Autonerdz Training Center)

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.


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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