Automotive Newsletter

September 2009

New Product - CAN Test Box!

The CAN Test Box gives you easy access to the 16 pins of the diagnostic connector that is fitted to all modern vehicles. Depending on the configuration of the vehicle, this may allow you to check power, ground and CAN bus signal quality.

The CAN Test Box has a 2.5 metre (8 foot) cable so that you can work in a convenient location away from the diagnostic connector, and an additional pass-through connector so that you can hook up your scan tool at the same time as your scope.

Please visit the website for more information and pricing.

New Case Study: Audi TT Quattro CAN Bus Fault

This month we have an interesting case study for you. Hopefully this will give those of you who haven’t tackled CAN signals the confidence to give it a try. To make connections easier why not invest in the CAN Test Box?

Audi TT Quattro CAN Bus Fault. A 2001 Audi TT Quattro arrived in the workshop. The customer was complaining of an intermittent ESP light. For the full story…

Read “Audi TT Quattro CAN Bus Fault” by Mark Banks - Holmer Green Service Centre

Training Courses

If you own, or are thinking of buying, a Pico Automotive Diagnostics Kit, you mustn’t miss ourEngine 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, together with plenty of hands-on experience with our kit. The course runs several times a year around the UK, and we currently have the following dates available:

City College Birmingham, Birmingham
20-21 October 2009

City of Bristol College, Bristol
10-11 November 2009

These courses are popular, so book your course now!

Forthcoming Exhibitions and Events

6-7 October 2009
SECC, Glasgow

13-18 October 2009
Equip Auto
Parc des expositions Paris-Nord, France

17-18 November 2009 
Sandown Park, Surrey

Employment Opportunities

Due to our continuing growth, we have vacancies for the following positions:

  • Development Engineer - Analogue Hardware
  • Development Engineer - Hardware

We look forward to hearing from you if you want to be part of a growing company at the leading edge of test equipment design.


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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