23 April 2009
Category: Automotive Diagnostics
The new kits have higher-specification scopes to help prepare your workshop for the future
The PicoScope Diagnostics Kit, already well-known to automotive professionals, has just been updated with the addition of two new kits. These use the latest scopes, just launched in 2009, to increase your repair rate and keep your customers happy.
The new PicoScopes are equipped for the future, with twice the bandwidth of their predecessors and four times faster sampling. This means that they can clearly display the high-speed signals used on the latest vehicles, including the highly complex waveforms found on the new FlexRay bus. The new “always on memory”, now 64 times larger, ensures that you can concentrate on the job, not on the scope, and so never miss a detail. The new scopes also have twice the input range (now ±100 V) so that you can test a wider range of signals.
The patterns that you get from a PicoScope Diagnostics Kit show you what is really going on inside the vehicle. A scan tool can alert you to the most likely cause of a problem, but only a scope can prove whether a component is faulty or not and save you the cost of unnecessary replacement. The PicoScope display is highly detailed and accurate, and can be as big as the screen of your PC or laptop. If that’s not enough, you can zoom in to see even more detail, save the results on disk for future analysis, or save pictures to share with colleagues. You don’t have to pay extra for vehicle-specific tests, because PicoScope works with any make of engine. There is a 2-channel and a 4-channel version so you can choose the kit that suits your budget.
The PicoScope kits can test just about any electrical component on a vehicle, including airflow, MAF and MAP sensors; lambda and knock sensors; ABS, crank and cam sensors; injectors and fuel pumps; primary and secondary ignition; CAN bus integrity; batteries, starting and charging circuits; glow plugs and timer relays; and relative compression.
“PicoScope Diagnostics is used by more vehicle manufacturers than any other kit, as well as by many independent garages”, explained Alan Tong, Managing Director of Pico Technology. “We can supply standard kits or customise them for your fleet of vehicles.”
Full details of the PicoScope Diagnostics kits are available on the Pico Technology vehicle diagnostics website. Free technical support and software updates are available to all Pico customers.