Automotive Newsletter

September 2011

New Case Study: 2002 Ford Explorer Misfire


This month Pete Meier, of Motor Age magazine looks at a 4.0 V6 Ford Explorer, and its mysterious intermittent idle misfire! According to the customer, during the idle the engine would surge when first started and would even stutter a bit when put into gear. As the engine warms up, the problem fades and is much less noticeable. Luckily, Pete’s arsenal includes a Pico Technology automotive oscilloscope…so to read on and see the outcome of the investigation, and the reason for the misfire.

Read ‘2002 Ford Explorer Intermittent Misfire

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:

Direct PicoScope Diagnostics *Weekend Course*
15th-16th October 2011
Milton Keynes

Direct PicoScope Diagnostics Course
18th-19th October 2011
Motherwell, Scotland

Oscilloscope Diagnostics Course (Hosted by CES) 
8th-9th November 2011

Direct PicoScope Diagnostics Course
14th-15th December 2011
Weybridge, London, 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
7th October 2011
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.

Diagnostic Solutions, a Pico distributor based in Ireland, delivers PicoScope Oscilloscope Training in Dublin. Please email for further information.

Technical Topics are running a course on ‘Oscilloscope Diagnostics and Advanced Scopes’. Places are strictly limited, so please contact Technical Topics to book your place! The following date is currently available:

Oscilloscope Training Course 24th & 25th October 2011
Swansea, Wales

For further information and to book your place call Technical Topics on 01278 428 699.

Best of the Web

Pete Meier from Motor Age magazine has produced many useful videos, showing how he uses his Automotive PicoScope. This month we feature his “Testing Engine Health” video, keep an eye in future newsletters, for other videos Pete has produced!

“This presentation shows how to check relative compression with a digital storage oscilloscope. Using this method can save time over performing a traditional compression test. Two methods are shown…”

Note: This video has no audio, but onscreen notes are shown.

Many of you are aware of Autonerdz, and the great work these guys do, but did you know they now have a free app on the Android market? The app is designed to assist in the easy access to Autonerdz technical articles, and videos.

Our full collection of videos can be found in our automotive library.

Forthcoming Exhibitions and Events

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


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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