Automotive Newsletter

July 2017

Newsletter July 2017

July's newsletter brings a new case study written by our very own Steve Smith, as well as both updated and new Guided Tests and some great videos and articles from the web.

Case Study – Ford Focus engine overheating

Steve Smith has created a new case study showing his diagnosis of a faulty wiring harness causing the vehicle to overheat. Join him on his journey through the diagnostic process.


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New Guided Test: In-cylinder compression - cranking (petrol)

The purpose of this test is to evaluate the cylinder efficiency of a petrol engine throughout 720 degrees of the crankshaft rotation at idle speed.


See the test >

Updated 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 have updated our Alternator diode/ripple tests.

Alternator AC ripple/diode test – with PCM control
Alternator AC ripple/diode test – without PCM control

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.

Best of the web


One Auto has diagnosed a faulty glow plug on a Vauxhall Insignia dealing with the fault code P0673 and warning light "Service Vehicle Soon".

Ben Martins demonstrates how to use Pico's Premium 6-way breakout lead set to test the air fuel ratio sensor on a Mazda.


Five ways to use a scope for diagnosing vehicles
Pete Meier has written about how he uses oscilloscopes in automotive diagnostics.

Read more >

Facebook social group
Have you seen our PicoScope Automotive Facebook group? Whether you’re interested in buying a PicoScope, already have one, are unsure how to use one, or even if you’re an expert with years of PicoScope experience, this group has been set up for you.

The group will work in tandem with Pico’s automotive support forum, which uses the same credentials as the hugely popular Waveform Library.

Sheila Felicio
27 September 1975 – 17 June 2017

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Sheila, a much-loved and highly experienced member of Pico's software development team since 2013. Sheila tested many of the features in our T&M and Automotive ranges.

She will be remembered for helping less experienced colleagues gain confidence, but most of all for the way she made everyone smile.


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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