Automotive Newsletter

May 2017

Newsletter May 2017

Case study: Toyota GT86 with engine non-start

Steve Smith has created yet another brilliant case study: 

"I broke away from tradition here, as I would normally carry out a scan of the PCM while monitoring live data throughout. However, given the history of the vehicle and the odd cranking sound via the intake/exhaust, coupled with the fact that the battery had been disconnected, charged, boosted and discharged, my experience told me that a relative compression test with PicoDiagnostics was a valid first move."
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Updated and improved Guided Tests

In addition to creating new Guided Tests, we are also constantly working to update and improve the ones we already have. This month we want to show you these two revised tests:

Current and Voltage at idle - 12 V and Current and Voltage at idle - 24 V

Help us improve our tests:
As we are constantly looking to improve our content, we would love to have your input and observations at hand. If you have comments or feedback on one of our tests, feel free to leave it in the comments section at the bottom of each test on our website.

Focus piece: Ultrasonic parking sensor detector

This month Phil Rutt has been looking at the Parking sensor detector. You can read more about the product and Phil's experience using it here.

Our focus pieces are now available in the A to Z of PicoScope. The entries are sorted alphabetically by the first letter in the title of each piece.

Welcome to Pico, Ben!

We are pleased to announce that Ben Martins joined the Pico Auto team as an Automotive Applications Specialist this month.

Ben   Ben has five year's experience as a Master Diagnostic Technician and has been operating as a diagnostic specialist within the Toyota network. He also has experience within the Peugeot network and, in addition to passenger cars, with diagnosis and repair of light goods, plant and agricultural vehicles as well as 3.5-tonne lorries. Ben will be joining Steve Smith in creating automotive technical content, providing support, training and looking at new applications.

Best of the web

ScannerDanner shows you how to find a shorted ignition coil with no special test equipment, and for those of you eager to learn more about using your scope, he does not disappoint.   "Anyone looking for information on checking engine timing with a scope, look no further!"


Ratchet+Wrench posted an article about our WPS500X pressure transducer:

"Pico's WPS500X allows users to measure any type of pressure with superior accuracy." 

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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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