Automotive Newsletter

July 2016

Newsletter July 2016

Jaguar X-Type - Severe power loss


  Steve Smith investigates a Jaguar X Type, with an illuminated MIL and accompanied by a severe lack of power under acceleration after changing gear or when pulling away from rest. 

A road test was completed and an obvious and abrupt loss of power under acceleration was experienced. It would appear the vehicle reverted to limp mode (where the ECU restricts performance and or gearing when a fault is detected) as no power was restored until the ignition was cycled (off to on).

Upon restarting the engine, all power was restored and the engine warning light extinguished until attempting to accelerate where the above symptom would return. The customer interview revealed important information regarding the vehicle, and a vehicle scan confirmed engine fault codes indicating circuit errors with both the EGR valve and Turbocharger boost control position sensor...

Read more on Steve's progress >

Frank Massey's Top ten tests with PicoScope: Test 2

Pico and Frank Massey of ADS Limited bring you Frank's second test in his "Top ten tests with PicoScope" series.

Focus piece: Fuse extensions and current clamps

Phil Rutt gives a focus piece on the must-have tool for diagnostic kits: Pico's 20/60 A current clamp along with the fuse extension leads kit.

Read on >

Waveform library

Our latest waveform library figures are in. The waveform library now features over 2250 waveforms!! These cover multiple vehicles, engines and fuel types. Have you uploaded your saved waveforms yet?
Waveform library >

Video by ScannerDanner


Earlier this month ScannerDanner published a video to his YouTube channel regarding where to find known good waveforms. Not only is our waveform library featured, but this video is well worth 15 of your precious minutes.

Updates to PicoScope 6 Automotive Beta: 6.12

In the latest Beta, Pico Technology have introduced a new and improved user interface, consisting of:

  • Larger control buttons for improved touch screen instrument control.
  • Addition of Increase and Decrease buttons for easier control of primary oscilloscope functions.
  • Addition of control settings grids for faster control of primary oscilloscope functions.

New feature:

  • Edge count measurements​

Software downloads >


We have a collection of some of the best material for new users to reference and learn how to use their Automotive PicoScope. To view this content please visit the training section of our website.

For a list of Pico-endorsed trainers, please visit the UK, US or German trainers page.


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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