Pico Automotive Diagnostic Training

This is where we collect some of the best material we have for new users to reference and learn how to use their Automotive PicoScope.

Pico Automotive

Diagnostic Training Courses

Pico automotive diagnostic training courses are held at various locations, across the UK, Germany and in the USA.

Designed for customers who have purchased, or are considering purchasing the Pico Automotive Diagnostics Kit each course will help you get the best from the PicoScope software and diagnostic kit.

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5 Steps to success

Diagnostic Training pack

Starting from Step 1, we've created a 5 step training programme to guide those new to PicoScope along their journey of scope diagnostics from the very beginning.

As you progress through the training programme, you will learn PicoScope from our basic tests through to our more advanced tests and accessories. The Steps are designed to progress your learning at a steady rate, teaching PicoScope from the ground up.

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Online training - Getting started
Scope School Part 1 - Introduction to PicoScope
by Steve Smith
Written tutorial
Scope School Part 2 - The next step
by Steve Smith - Pico Technology
Written tutorial
PicoScope basics video - Part I
by Paul 'Scanner' Danner
Video training
PicoScope basics video - Part II
by Paul 'Scanner' Danner
Video training
PicoScope 6 Automotive: Introductory training notes
by Pico Technology
PDF tutorial
Oscilloscope Diagnostics, A PicoScope Guide
by Pico Technology

An pdf packed with great information about PicoScope and how to use oscilloscopes for testing vehicle systems and components. Includes Top 10 tests.

PDF tutorial
Compression testing
by Pico Technology
Written tutorial
Parasitic drain testing
by Pico Technology
Written tutorial
Maths is cool - part 1
by Steve Smith
In this new educational series, Steve Smith shares his knowledge about using math channels in PicoScope. The series consists of nine parts in total, covering why the math channels in PicoScope are so useful and how to use them for applications like calculating resistance, power, rpm, torque, voltage drop, etc.
Written tutorial
Maths is cool - Part 2
by Steve Smith
In this new educational series, Steve Smith shares his knowledge about using math channels in PicoScope. The series consists of nine parts in total, covering why the math channels in PicoScope are so useful and how to use them for applications like calculating resistance, power, rpm, torque, voltage drop, etc.
Written tutorial
Maths is cool - Part 3
by Steve Smith
In this new educational series, Steve Smith shares his knowledge about using math channels in PicoScope. The series consists of nine parts in total, covering why the math channels in PicoScope are so useful and how to use them for applications like calculating resistance, power, rpm, torque, voltage drop, etc.
Written tutorial
Maths is cool – part 4
by Steve Smith
In this new educational series, Steve Smith shares his knowledge about using math channels in PicoScope. The series consists of nine parts in total, covering why the math channels in PicoScope are so useful and how to use them for applications like calculating resistance, power, rpm, torque, voltage drop, etc.
Written tutorial
Maths is cool - part 5
by Steve Smith
In this new educational series, Steve Smith shares his knowledge about using math channels in PicoScope. The series consists of nine parts in total, covering why the math channels in PicoScope are so useful and how to use them for applications like calculating resistance, power, rpm, torque, voltage drop, etc.
Written tutorial
Online training - Advanced users
Scope School Part 3 - Tips and tricks
by Steve Smith - Pico Technology
Written tutorial
Scope School Extra: Bonus Class
by Steve Smith - Pico Technology
Written tutorial
Inlet metering valve (IMV) duty cycle with math channel
by Steve Smith
Written tutorial
Voltage drop techniques: Introducing floating inputs
by Steve Smith
Written tutorial
Audi A8 Fusebox diagnostics
by Pico Technology
Written tutorial
Parasitic drain
by Steve Smith - Pico Technology
Written tutorial
Testing the Bosch LSU 4.2 broadband oxygen sensor
by Steve Smith
Written tutorial
Electronic Throttle Control (Drive By Wire)
by Pico Technology
Written tutorial
Using PicoScope’s filtering functions
by Steve Smith - Pico Technology
Written tutorial
Pressure School Part 1 – introduction to the Pressure Transducer
by Pico Technology
Written tutorial
Pressure School Part 2 – A running diagnosis
by Pico Technology
Written tutorial
Individual cylinder valve timing errors
by Pico Technology
Written tutorial
Back-leakage testing (spill testing)
by Pico Technology
Written tutorial
Hydraulic waveform examples and analysis
by Pico Technology
Written tutorial
Practical Pico: CAN bus diagnostics and serial decoding Q&A – follow-up
by Steve Smith
Many thanks to all who viewed and contributed to the Practical Pico: CAN bus diagnostics and serial decoding Q&A live stream at the end of March. A number of questions were raised during the live stream that we could not answer clearly during the event, and so I wanted to cover them in the following article.
Written tutorial
Belt tension
by Barney Donohew
Written tutorial
Online training - Technical information
The alternator
by Pico Technology
Written tutorial
Turbochargers
by Pico Technology
Written tutorial
Bosch LSU 4.2 broadband oxygen sensor
by Pico Technology
Written tutorial
Cam and crank correlation
by Steve Smith
Written tutorial
Pico Automotive Diagnostic Training: Secondary ignition
by Pico Technology
Written tutorial