Automotive Newsletter

November 2012

Newsletter November 2012


Congratulations go to Robski (Rob Smith), from Doncaster, South Yorkshire! Rob posted this case study on our forum, and it’s been chosen as the winner this time round! A credit of £200 is now Rob’s to spend on Pico Automotive products when buying direct! Read on to see Rob’s work…

When cold starting this car would misfire, but would quickly clear. No misfires occurred under normal driving conditions. The first action was to plug–in with the serial scan tools (Scan tools used were Diagbox and SP ACR4/G2) to see what DTCs (diagnostic trouble codes) were present. Sadly in this case there were none stored, and a look at live data didn’t reveal a great deal either, so out with the PicoScope.

Read the Peugeot 206 Misfire case study

You can still enter our December competition! To enter navigate to the Case Studies section of 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.

Don’t feel your investigations aren’t good enough, put them on the forum… you never know!

See our forum for dates and full terms and conditions

Technical Tip From the Forum

Ealier this month, we had a query about the possibility of adding an audible alarm feature to our PicoScope Automotive software. As some of you may know this is already a feature in PicoScope, but for those that don’t please see our forum for this query and the how to answer!

Forthcoming Exhibitions and Events

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

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:

PicoScope Diagnostics Course
10th–11th November
Bedford, England

PicoScope Diagnostics Course
20th–21st November
Lutterworth, England

PicoScope Diagnostics Course
December (date to be confirmed)
Weighbridge, 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
16th November, 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.


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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