Automotive Newsletter

October 2018

Newsletter October 2018

Case Study: 2013 Audi A6 3.0 TDI Avant Quattro S-Line

By Steve Smith, Automotive Applications Specialist

The customer reported his Audi A6 would show the following messages within the instrument panel of the vehicle:
  • Parking Brake Malfunction
  • Start/Stop system deactivated
Further questioning of the customer revealed the electronic parking brake (EPB) occasionally failed to release after standing overnight with the EPB applied. When the fault occurs, the vehicle can be driven without any brake binding or drag, suggesting the parking brake has released. The symptom had been very intermittent for over 12 months regardless of temperature or driving conditions. Additional feedback from the customer added, if the ignition was turned off and back on, the error messages cleared and the parking brake performed normally. However, occasionally the ignition was required to be turned off for over 20 minutes before the parking brake function was restored.
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Innovation Award: Silver Medal

Olaf Jensen from Pico Technology GmbH recently attended the Parts & Service World Exhibition held in Messe Kassel, Germany. While at the show Pico Technology were awarded the Silver Medal for the Innovation Award of Parts & Service World, for our Engine and Hydraulics Kit.
Our Engine and Hydraulics Kit offers mobile repair technicians a single solution to diagnose the majority of systems on all mobile plant machinery, including tractors, back-hoe loaders, combine harvesters, and telehandlers. With this kit, the technician can diagnose problems across the engine / hydraulic system boundary by directly relating engine characteristics to the performance of the hydraulic system and vice versa.
  Watch the kit overview video
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Pine Hollow Auto Diagnostics
2006 Suzuki Forenza Part 1
The owner of this 2006 Suzuki Forenza 5-speed did an amazing job restoring the car, but now the Check Engine light is on and he can't get rid of a P0340 - Camshaft Position Sensor DTC.
Pine Hollow Auto Diagnostics
2006 Suzuki Forenza Part 2
This is the moment of truth...will another NEW camshaft position sensor fix this 2006 Suzuki Forenza?

Step 1 - A PicoScope Guide

Our popular "Oscilloscope Diagnostics, A PicoScope Guide" booklet is available as a free download.

Our Step 1 booklet has been designed to help new users of PicoScope to learn about scope diagnostics; covering where to start and how to succeed. Giving an overview of our available products and their application, our Step 1 shows the power of using a PicoScope as part of the diagnostic process, and why we believe a scope is a vital tool.


Fuso NZ's Top Technician

Fuso NZ’s inaugural technical skills competition saw 48 of its best technicians from across the country step forward to put their expertise to the test – vying to be named the first-ever winner with the grand prize of an all-expenses paid trip to Japan.

The honour of being named the first-ever Fuso NZ technical skills competition winner fell to Allen Whitaker of Prestige Commercial Vehicles Invercargill.

The competition, strongly supported by ASL (SP Tools) and Metermaster (PicoScope), involved three assessments throughout the year to evaluate problem-solving and fact-finding abilities, with points awarded for each individual’s methodology and end result.

Winner Allen Whitaker will enjoy an all-expenses paid trip to Japan, including a trip to the Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation head office in Shin-Kawasaki and an opportunity to visit the company’s famous testing facility based at Kitsuregawa.

Joseph Rogers (pictured) of Keith Andrews Trucks Hamilton and Mike Pilbrow of Keith Andrews Trucks Whangarei came second and third respectively.


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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