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 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.

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.

Online training - Getting started

Scope School Part 1 - Introduction to PicoScope by Steve Smith |
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Scope School Part 2 - The next step by Steve Smith - Pico Technology |
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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 |
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PicoScope basics video - Part II by Paul 'Scanner' Danner |
Video training |

PicoScope 6 Automotive: Introductory training notes by Pico Technology |
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Compression testing by Pico Technology |
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Parasitic drain testing by Pico Technology |
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Phil’s 5 Favourite Pico Accessories by Phil Rutt |
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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. |
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Online training - Intermediate users

Using PicoScope’s filtering functions by Steve Smith - Pico Technology |
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Pressure School Part 1 – introduction to the Pressure Transducer by Pico Technology |
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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. |
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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. |
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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. |
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Online training - Advanced users

Scope School Part 3 - Tips and tricks by Steve Smith - Pico Technology |
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Scope School Extra: Bonus Class by Steve Smith - Pico Technology |
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Inlet metering valve (IMV) duty cycle with math channel by Steve Smith |
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Voltage drop techniques: Introducing floating inputs by Steve Smith |
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Audi A8 Fusebox diagnostics by Pico Technology |
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Parasitic drain by Steve Smith - Pico Technology |
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Testing the Bosch LSU 4.2 broadband oxygen sensor by Steve Smith |
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Electronic Throttle Control (Drive By Wire) by Pico Technology |
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Using PicoScope’s filtering functions by Steve Smith - Pico Technology |
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Pressure School Part 1 – introduction to the Pressure Transducer by Pico Technology |
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Pressure School Part 2 – A running diagnosis by Pico Technology |
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Individual cylinder valve timing errors by Pico Technology |
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Back-leakage testing (spill testing) by Pico Technology |
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Hydraulic waveform examples and analysis by Pico Technology |
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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. |
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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. |
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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. |
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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. |
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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. |
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Belt tension by Barney Donohew |
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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. |
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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. |
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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. |
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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. |
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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. |
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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. |
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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. |
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BMW Valvetronic evaluation by Steve Smith |
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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. |
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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. |
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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. |
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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. |
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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 |
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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. |
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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. |
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Online training - Technical information

The alternator by Pico Technology |
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Turbochargers by Pico Technology |
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Bosch LSU 4.2 broadband oxygen sensor by Pico Technology |
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Cam and crank correlation by Steve Smith |
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Pico Automotive Diagnostic Training: Secondary ignition by Pico Technology |
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