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
Step 1 - A PicoScope Guide to Oscilloscope Diagnostics
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
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
Compression testing
by Pico Technology
Written tutorial
Parasitic drain testing
by Pico Technology
Written tutorial
Phil’s 5 Favourite Pico Accessories
by Phil Rutt
Written tutorial
Testing times - preparing for the end of lockdown
by Barney Donohew
Barney has written a short article about how to prepare for an increase in faults related to vehicles sitting idle for longer periods of time, now that we are starting to see more and more countries and areas return towards normal after the Covid-19 lockdown.
Written tutorial
Online training - Intermediate users
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
ConnectDetect®
by Steve Smith
After completing a presentation at Autoinform Harrogate and a conversation with Pete Melville (HEVRA), I wanted to qualify the suggestion of using PicoScope ConnectDetect® to determine the cause of specific sensor faults.
Written tutorial
SENT sensor decoding with PicoScope
by Ben Martins
Working at Pico, I have the opportunity to look closer at some of the latest sensor technology that is out there on modern vehicles. While this particular sensor has been out there for a while now, SENT is cropping up in more and more vehicles. The help desk, the Automotive Forum, and our FaceBook group have all seen an increase in questions and discussions around the best way to work with these sensors. This has prompted me to look into how PicoScope can be used to get as much information as possible from these sensors.
Written tutorial
CAN decoding on BMW pump test
by Steve Smith
After following a second forum post regarding the BMW F31 N47 low-pressure Fuel Pump Controller and CAN ID 3 35, it became impossible to ignore the temptation to dig a little deeper into the data field (payload) associated with this ID.
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
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 covers 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 covers 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 covers 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
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
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 covers 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
Belt tension
by Barney Donohew
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 covers 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
Practical Pico - Non-invasive engine condition testing Q&A follow-up
by Steve Smith
Many thanks once again to those who could attend this Practical Pico session and for the questions raised on the night. In this article, I will go through the outstanding questions and hopefully clarify any outstanding queries.
Written tutorial
Maths is cool - part 6
by Steve Smith
In this new educational series, Steve Smith shares his knowledge about using math channels in PicoScope. The series covers 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 7
by Steve Smith
In this new educational series, Steve Smith shares his knowledge about using math channels in PicoScope. The series covers 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
Practical Pico: Non-invasive engine condition testing Q&A – follow-up part 2
by Steve Smith
We still have more unanswered questions from this session, and Steve is working hard to provide the answers for them. Here is the second part of his follow-up.
Written tutorial
Maths is cool - part 8
by Steve Smith
In this new educational series, Steve Smith shares his knowledge about using math channels in PicoScope. The series covers 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 9
by Steve Smith
In this educational series, Steve Smith shares his knowledge about using math channels in PicoScope. The series covers 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
BMW Valvetronic evaluation
by Steve Smith
Written tutorial
Maths is cool - part 10
by Ben Martins
The Maths is cool series continues. This time Ben Martins has contributed with some maths for hydraulic testing.
Written tutorial
Maths is cool - part 11
by Steve Smith
In this new educational series, Steve Smith shares his knowledge about using math channels in PicoScope. The series covers 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 12
by Steve Smith
In this educational series, Steve Smith shares his knowledge about using math channels in PicoScope. The series covers 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 13
by Steve Smith
In this educational series, Steve Smith shares his knowledge about using math channels in PicoScope. The series covers 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
Noise cancellation with Audacity
by Steve Smith
Following on from Ben’s excellent forum post about listening to .psdata files, I want to share the noise-cancelling feature in another audio software suite called Audacity
Written tutorial
Maths is cool - part 14
by Steve Smith
In this educational series, Steve Smith shares his knowledge about using math channels in PicoScope. The series covers 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 15
by Steve Smith
In this educational series, Steve Smith shares his knowledge about using math channels in PicoScope. The series covers 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 - 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