The Creative Lab Scope Technique Page

By Tom Roberts


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The Nerd Series Available on CD   (As Seen on TV)


Autonerdz is THE PicoScope Automotive Authority in

North America

As Seen on KHOU TV Channel 11 News in Houston, Texas

On Scotty Kilmer’s ‘Crank It Up‘

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Other great diagnostic and training products there too.

All well worth your time to take a look

Watch A PicoScope Introduction Movie

Article Access Procedure:

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Some of the scope images in the following technical articles are scope captures from a Fluke 97.  The software used to download and process the data is AES Wave by Automotive Electronic Services.  The high resolution captures were made with a PicoScope PC based DSO.  


Technical Articles:

The TFI IV Pickup Tester

DSO Testing Toyota Ignition

Synchronizing Ford EDIS Cam Sensors

Analyzing Primary Ignition (a reality check)

Why The DSO?

Injector Drives

DSO Testing Nissan Ignition

Weak Spark Case Study

The Fuel Pump Test Series

Electronic Returnless Fuel Systems

Scope Perils

 DSO Testing GM DIS Ignition

Understanding Limitations

I often get asked about information sources.  Since accurate systems descriptions and wiring diagrams are an integral part of Creative Lab Scope Technique, it is essential to have an information system that is as accurate and complete as possible.  There are many information sources and we may have to use more than one. But only one stands out as the single most comprehensive factory source information system available.  ALLDATA

Watch a movie demo of ALLDATA in a practical application

Flash Movies:

PicoScope 6 Introduction

PicoQuad in Action

Pico 6 Movie Examining Primary & Secondary 

The Wrangler From Hell

PicoScope Interactive Screen


DSO Sample Rate Comparison

The DSO Sample Rate Calculator Tutorial

Can You Have Too Much Scope Power?

Volvo Problem Child

Autonerdz Picogroup Resources Intoduction

Other Stuff:

Cancer On The Industry

Training In Hard Times





( in no particular order)

International Automotive Technician's Network (The best networking tool for automotive professionals)

Automotive Electronic Services (Suppliers of all things scopeasetic and more) (Universal troubleshooting strategies for most anything including cars)

The Freeweb Auto Page (Gord Worobec's Automotive Links and Training)

Carley Automotive Software (Educational software)

Site Add (makes it free and easy to register your site with the top search engines)

 (Jim Wilson's site of GM wizardry)

Linder Technical Services (Home of the Injector Guru)

   (Case examples and more)

Autoshop 101 (Electrical ASE Test Preparation)

Automotive & Accounting Software by R*KOM (Affordable programs for truck & auto repair shops, used car dealers, fleet managers, towing companies and general retail accounting. FREE demos to download - some FREE software.)

Pico Technology Limited (PC based scopes and more)

Children's ride (Motorcycle enthusiasts supporting Children's Hospital)

HyperPhysics (Rod Nave's amazing interactive physics exploration environment)

Best Auto   (Site connecting job seekers and employers)

   (The single most complete automotive repair information system available)

Auto Parts - Wholesale Car Parts    (Auto parts, car parts and truck parts at discount prices for all makes)     (Educational automotive information for technicians who are taking their smog license test or who need help with diagnosis.  Smog Refresher and Lab Scope Books available)


Nexus Marine Corporation     (Custom wooden boat builders building fine boats and yachts.  Performance art on the water.)     (The Internet's most comprehensive automotive directory and auto search engine)


Northwest Transportation Training Consortium   (Dedicated to Teaching and Sharing)

  (Nick Hibberd’s Auto-Electrical Diagnostics Site}

Northwest Automotive Trades Association   (Representing the Automotive Trades since 1914…)

  (MegaSquirt DIY Standalone Engine Management Systems, Wiring components and Tuning Accessories.  Basically a one-stop DIY-EFI shop!)


  (a free on-line dictionary with over 10,000 automotive terms, acronyms, and definitions.)



      (Find awesome deals on a superior quality Discount Auto Parts, Discount Car Parts and Accessories and more in our extensive auto parts catalog.)



     Dewitz Diagnostic Solution Automotive Case Studies and More.



Auto Service     Information for the pro and novice alike 



Automotive Management Network     A place to exchange information about the management of all types of vehicle service facilities



Used Auto Parts | Used Car Parts     U Need A Part is a Free Online Used Auto Parts, Car Parts, Truck Parts, & Motorcycle Parts Locator Service. Search hundreds of Auto Salvage Yards for the Used Car Parts you need.



Cummins Engines     Cummins is the world's largest designer and manufacturer of diesel engines. Cummins manufactures on-highway vehicles, industrial equipment and power generation. We provide genuine parts and servicing for all Cummins diesel engines.


ETCG     Interesting and fun for technicians and DIY alike with helpful repair videos and other resources.