New CAN-Bus Test Box From Pico Technology

CAN-bus test box (Hi-res)

01 September 2009
Category: Automotive Diagnostics

The CAN Test Box is the latest diagnostic accessory from Pico Technology. From the makers of the Pico Automotive Diagnostics Kit and the PicoScope range of scopes, it’s designed to make your job easier.

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. With the test leads supplied you can connect your PicoScope automotive scope, or any other suitable scope, to the CAN Test Box to monitor any signals present, such as the CAN High and Low signals. If you have a Pico Diagnostics Kit, you just need to select the “CAN Bus” test built into the software and the program will display the CAN signals correctly on the computer screen.

The CAN Test Box has a 2.5 metre 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. Its 4-mm sockets are backlit by LEDs to show you the state of each pin on the connector. The box is powered by the diagnostic connector, so no batteries or mains adaptor are needed. A CD-ROM is included with a training program and a detailed manual showing how to connect the unit to the vehicle and to the scope, and which signals are likely to be found on which pins of the connector.

Phil Rutt, Automotive Sales Distribution Manager at Pico Technology, explained:

“The CAN Test Box lets you see exactly what’s happening on the diagnostic connector and saves you from having to work in a confined space under the dashboard.”

The new CAN Test Box is available from local distributors, or direct from Pico Technology.