PicoScope Automotive Diagnostics and Technology

A PicoScope is at the heart of one of the most advanced automotive diagnostic systems available. It has been developed for more than twenty years and is used world-wide. PicoScope is available in Southern Africa from Garage Lube. PicoScope diagnoses problems with automotive electrics, electronics, mechanics and pressure. One of the best Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) diagnostic packages can be included as part of your PicoScope Kit. Despite its outstanding specifications and abilities, PicoScope is reasonably priced and easy to use.

Latest News
4823 8-Channel Automotive Oscilloscope - PicoScope

1. New 8-Channel Automotive PicoScope and Professional Kit.. Pico have launched a brand new 8-channel automotive oscilloscope called the PicoScope 4823. A new 8-channel Professional Kit is also available with everything you need to start using the new oscilloscope.

VAG-PR278 PicoScope VAG 4425 Oscilloscope

2. Garage Lube has been appointed as the authorised Distributor of the PicoScope VAS Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) Diagnostics Kit for the VW / Audi Group in South Africa. VAS Workshops, please visit our new VAS NVH Page.

The VAS NVH system is suitable for Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Ducati, Porsche, Skoda, Seat, VW, MAN and Scania vehicles and workshops.

The EconoScope is a high quality Bore Scope from Germany

3. We now offer comprehensive PicoScope Noise, Vibration and Harshness - NVH Training in South Africa, suitable for both VAS NVH and generic Pico NVH.

4. We now distribute Henke-Sass, Wolf products. Please see our new Econoscope, a very high quality, professional bore scope from Germany.

5. See our new PicoScope Test Library page!

6. See our new article on Using an Automotive Oscilloscope for Industrial Applications.

PicoScope Kits
New NVH Video Series
New NVH Video Series

One of the best Automotive PicoScope Features is our extensive range of kits. The Pico Automotive Diagnostics Kits work with your PC to measure and test virtually all of the electrical and electronic components and circuits in any modern vehicle including:

  • Batteries, alternators and starter motors
  • CAN bus, LIN bus and FlexRay
  • Compression, Vacuum and Fuel
  • Electronic throttle control
  • Ignition (primary and secondary)
  • Injectors and fuel pumps
  • Lambda, airflow, ABS and MAP sensors
  • Starter and charging circuits
  • Noise Vibration and Harshness
  • Hydraulics

See our Test Library Page.

Find out why PicoScope is like no other automotive oscilloscope with features and benefits that make it the world's leading choice for vehicle manufacturers and after-market garages alike.

Scan tool or Scope?

We are often asked "Should I buy a scan tool or a scope". The short answer is that you need both. A scan tool can often point you in the right direction, perhaps indicating a misfire on a specific cylinder but too often the less experienced technician then ends replacing several parts before the problem is solved. Oscilloscopes should be used to:

  • Eliminate guesswork and test individual components before they are replaced. This avoids "parts darts" where more and more parts are replaced until the fault goes away.
  • Find intermittent wiring and connector faults.
  • Solve a problem where no code has been set or when multiple / misleading codes have been set.
  • Investigate charging and starting problems.
  • Resolve problems with actuators such as motors and injectors that are not monitored by the ECU.
  • Identify mechanical problems such as compression and slipped / incorrectly fitted timing belts.
  • Hunt down Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) problems.

For the technician oscilloscopes lead to faster, more efficient diagnostics and a better understanding of how vehicle systems work. For the workshop using a PicoScope encourages a "fix it right" culture by reducing the number of parts changed on guesswork. Consequently, efficiency is improved, your customers are happier which leads to repeat business and your profits increasing.

PICO-PP923 4425 4-Channel PicoScope Standard Kit with case
PICO-PQ038 WPS500X Maxi Kit with Carry Case
Automotive Oscilloscopes

An Automotive PicoScope turns your laptop or desktop PC into a powerful diagnostic tool. Think of it as the X-ray machine of diagnostics, letting you see the changing signals inside wires.

In order to use our Automotive PicoScope Oscilloscope, you will need a PC and some test leads to connect to the vehicle. Most people purchase one of our award winning PicoScope Automotive Diagnostics Kits. These money-saving kits contain everything you need. Please consider our 2 Channel or 4 Channel Starter or Diagnostic Kits or our more advanced kits rather than purchasing the oscilloscope on its own.

What is an Automotive Oscilloscope and why do I need one?

An oscilloscope (scope) is a simple device. All it does is draw a graph of a value (e.g. voltage, current, pressure, sound) vs time. The PicoScope is a storage scope so it draws the graph (actually up to four at the same time) and remembers it so that you can study what happened after the event occurs.

Learn more about how scopes work with our free, on-line, introductory training courses and watch some of our videos to see the scope in operation.

Requirement for Advanced Diagnostic Equipment

Vehicle Technology continues to develop rapidly and, because of this, advanced automotive diagnostic equipment is required. Pico Technology is a British company that manufactures exceptional, high quality, automotive diagnostic systems.

Garage Lube imports and distributes their automotive oscilloscopes, pressure sensors, ignition test probes, test leads, clips, sensors, current clamps and many other useful accessories designed to assist you in diagnosing a variety of automotive issues.

You can use their equipment on almost anything that has an engine such as cars, busses, trucks, aeroplanes, boats and even on the hydraulics on earthmoving equipment. PicoScopes are an essential tool for auto electrical and for mechanical diagnostics. They can also be used to test avionics and marine systems.

Our prices depend on the volatile Rand / Pound exchange rate and are updated every day on our website. Now is the time to upgrade your workshop with the best diagnostic equipment available.

Please note that our PicoScope Product Range is available to customers in Southern Africa, including South Africa, Botswana, DRC, eSwatini (Swaziland), Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Client Testimonials

The support I have received from Pico over the years has been superb. The regular software and driver updates are a real bonus.
Shaun Lovelss

PicoScope is the most simple yet complex tool in my workshop for diagnostic use. It lets you see what you previously had to guess was happening.
Stephen Pender

Fantastic products and support with unbelievable performance for the money.
David Callaghan