Automotive Newsletter

November 2013

Newsletter November 2013


Congratulations go to Gary Burgess of Autodiagnostique (also known as Budgie on our forum). Gary uploaded his Case Study to our forum for entry into the competition this time round, and won! A credit of £200 ($330, €242) is now his to spend on Pico Automotive products when buying direct! Read on to see Gary's investigation...

"I thought I would share one of my recent troublesome vehicles with you; I admit that the fix is probably quite obvious using the parts darts technique or best guess scenario, but I thought this particular job demonstrated the use of the WPS500 as an everyday aid to speed up the diagnostic process.
The vehicle in question is a 2010 Ford S Max diesel, which had a history of repeated sudden power loss (vehicle in limp home mode) with a recorded DTC for overboost detected. I apologize for the lack of “P codes” and accurate description as given by the diagnostic tool upon initial interrogation, but, in my defence I can state that the description did lead me to believe that the vehicle was producing too much boost pressure albeit intermittently....."

You can read the Ford S Max Case Study online, or view and discuss it on our forum.

Mechanex Exhibition and Competition Update


Last week Pico Technology attended the Mechanex show at Sandown Park. Steve Smith, Phil Rutt and Mike Valentine were there to talk to customers, prospective customers, and of course to promote our products. The two day exhibition drew in over 2000 visitors, and our stand was busy at all times. It was great for us to speak with everyone who came to see us.

If you did visit our stand there is a chance you entered our show competition to win a 2-Channel Starter Kitworth £575 ($948.75, €695.75)! Well the results are being collated, and the winner will be announced in our December newsletter. Watch this space!

Automotive role available! Employment opportunities


Do you want to work at the leading edge of automotive diagnostic and test equipment design? Or perhaps know someone that would thrive in our industry and the environment Pico Technology provides?

We are currently looking for the following candidates:

Automotive Distributor Manager (Sales)

We are always on the lookout for talented individuals to join our expanding team. Based in St Neots, Cambridgeshire we are a growing company with fantastic employee benefits and prospects. Why not visit (or recommend) our web page, and see what we have to offer?!

Training courses

If you own, or are thinking of buying, a PicoScope Automotive Diagnostics Kit, you mustn't miss theProfessional Diagnostics Ltd engine management diagnostics course. This two-day officialPico Technology 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 PicoScope Automotive Diagnostics Kit. The two day course includes everything you need to get the best from an oscilloscope.

Please contact Professional Diagnostics Ltd via their contact form to register interest. Please state your location and training needs when completing the form. Alternatively you can call 07881 555385 or for more information.

A certificate of completion from Pico Technology Ltd will be presented to qualifying delegates. The courses run from 9am to 5pm with an hour for lunch (lunch is included in the booking fee).

The following dates and location is available:

PicoScope Diagnostics Course 
30th November to 1st December 2013 *Weekend* 
Surrey, England


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

PicoScope Hands-On Class 
10th January, 2014 
4715 Fir Tree Rd SE, Olympia, WA USA 98501 (Autonerdz Training Center)

For further information, or to register early 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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Contact details

Pico Technology, James House, Colmworth Business Park, St. Neots, Cambridgeshire, PE19 8YP, England
Tel.: 01480 396395 (+44 1480 396395)
Fax: 01480 396296 (+44 1480 396296)

Pico Technology North America Inc.
320 N Glenwood Blvd.
TX 75702
United States
Tel:+1 800 591 2796 (Toll Free)

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