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Welcome to Oren's Automotive,
your car service in Santa Barbara, CA!

If you’re looking for auto repair in Santa Barbara, CA, you’ve found us. Here at Oren's Automotive we work hard to earn your trust and loyalty. We know how important it is to find a Santa Barbara car service you can rely on, so your satisfaction is our top priority each and every day.

Here at Oren's Automotive we understand what makes customer service truly outstanding. You will feel the difference exceptional customer care makes when you work with us. We know auto repair in Santa Barbara offers you lots of choices, and we aim to provide the kind of caring customer service that will bring you back.

Our professional automotive service offers you years of combined expertise from our well-trained technicians. We treat our auto repair professionals well because we value their skill and can-do attitude. We know our team sets us apart, saving you time and money, not to mention worry. When it comes to auto repair in Santa Barbara, we are totally confident that Oren's Automotive is the best option in town!

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About Oren's Automotive Santa Barbara, CA

For years Oren's Automotive has been there for the people of Santa Barbara, CA. We love what we do, and that basic fact fuels our business. We are dedicated to our customers, and that’s why they stick with us—the best auto repair Santa Barbara has to offer.

Our family of technicians and service staff sees their work here at Oren's Automotive as more than a job. It’s their vocation and livelihood. Each member of our team is invested in your satisfaction.

Oren's Automotive was founded on the basic idea that everyone deserves respect. It is our mission to treat each person that comes through our door with dignity and sensitivity. We believe this attention to detail has paid off by providing us with our loyal, friendly family of customers. That’s what makes Oren's Automotive the best car service in Santa Barbara, CA!

Are you ready to experience the best Santa Barbara, CA car service available? Please give us a call or make an appointment here.

The Absolute Best Car Service in Santa Barbara, CA

What sets Oren's Automotive apart from all of the others in Santa Barbara, CA?

Trust: When it comes to auto repair in Santa Barbara, it’s all about earning loyalty and trust by doing our very best every day. We are determined to earn and keep your trust.

Talent: At Oren's Automotive, you can rest easy knowing that our highly-skilled, experienced auto service professionals are handling your car. Our technicians bring years of experience, skill, and education to the Santa Barbara auto repair table.

Time: We take the time we need to provide you with top quality car service in Santa Barbara, and we take the time to talk to you about what that means. We listen to you so we understand your needs and goals for your auto repair.

Recently Serviced Vehicles

2010 Lexus HS 250h

Lexus HS 250h

Mileage
104,371
Service Date
9/8/2022
Services Performed
  • Includes: Change engine oil and filter. Check transmission fluid level and adjust as needed. Check coolant condition and pressure check system. Check brake fluid level and condition. Check power steering fluid level and condition. Check belts; coolant, fuel, and vacuum hoses for damage/degradation. Check antenna operation (if applicable). Lube all doors and latches. Tighten door brake fasteners. Lube hood hinges and latch. Check differential fluid level. Check axle boots, CV joints, and/or U-Joints for damage. Check wheel bearings for play. Check parking brake operation. Check for fluid leaks. Check interior and exterior lights. Check wiper and washer jet operation. Check tire wear and condition. Set tire pressures to specification. Vacuum cowl. Check intake and cabin air filters. Test drive vehicle.
  • Replace engine air filter with customer supplied part.
  • Replace cabin filter element. Reassemble filter housing and access panels.
  • Remove wheels from vehicle. Inspect brakes. Remove tires. Install new tires and valve stems(if required). Computer spin balance. Reinstall wheels to vehicle and torque lug nuts to manufacturer's specifications.
  • State tire tax per tire.
  • Tire disposal fee per tire.
  • Removed end links from suspension mounting points. Disconnected links from sway bar. Installed new links. Tightened mounting hardware after cycling suspension. Test drove vehicle. No noise or play present from links.
  • Removed rear trunk liners and trim pieces. Removed rear wheels. Disconnected shock from body mounting point. Disconnected control arms from suspension upright to allow shock removal. Installed new shock assembly. Reconnected suspension arms and loosely installed body mounting hardware. Repeated process on other side. Reinstalled wheels. Settled suspension components with vehicle on ground. Tightened upper shock mounting hardware. Reinstalled trunk liners and trim pieces. Test drove vehicle and reinspected shocks. No leaks nor noise present.
  • Performed 4 wheel alignment. Test drive vehicle after repairs to confirm handling characteristics.
  • Replace wiper blades on vehicle.
 
Carol M. gave our service a 5 star review on 9/8/2022

2005 Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Wrangler

Mileage
38,413
Service Date
9/2/2022
Services Performed
  • Possible rear main seal/ valve cover gasket. Cleaned engine and added oil dye. Test drove vehicle and reinspected. Found oil leaking from rear main seal. Recommend replacement of rear main seal and oil pan gasket as first course of action. Drained engine oil. Disconnected exhaust system from manifolds. Removed oil pan from engine. Removed rear main seal pieces from engine. Cleaned mounting surfaces and oil pan. Installed new rear main seal assembly. Installed oil pan with new gasket. Torqued oil pan hardware to spec. Reinstalled dust covers on transmission. Replaced exhaust nuts with new parts to replace broken tabs. Reinstalled exhaust components. Added fresh engine oil. Changed oil filter to new. Test started vehicle and checked system for leaks. OK. Test drove vehicle and rechecked. No leaks noted at this time.
  • Cleaned associated parts in hot tank to remove oil residue and debris.
 
Tyler L. gave our service a 5 star review on 9/2/2022

2011 Buick Regal

Buick Regal

Mileage
138,899
Service Date
8/23/2022
Services Performed
  • Remove and reinstall four wheels and rear brake drums (if applicable) to inspect brake condition. Inspect entire system for leaks. Test drive vehicle and check brake operation. Lining remaining is: Front ( 8mm) Rear ( 8mm). Test drove vehicle to try and replicate customer concern. Unable to duplicate issue on first test drive. Inspected brake system. Found brake fluid very dark and burnt smelling. All brake rotors are very dark from overheating. Scanned vehicle for error codes in brake system. Found codes present for lost communication in history, but no freeze frame data stored. Test drove vehicle a longer time and reinspected. Found right rear brake is hot. Removed rear wheel and checked brake and components. Found brake caliper is sticking, causing brakes to stay engaged. Removed brake caliper and found retraction of piston is not possible. Suspect brakes were serviced incorrectly and retraction mechanism was damaged. Caliper staying engaged is causing overheating of brake fluid which can cause pressure build up in brake system, engaging other brakes. Recommend replacement of front and rear brake rotors and pads, replacement of rear brake calipers, and changing brake fluid to correct brake overheating/binding issue.
 
Lidia M. gave our service a 5 star review on 8/23/2022

2014 Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai Sonata

Mileage
65,930
Service Date
8/17/2022
Services Performed
  • Includes: Change engine oil and filter. Check transmission fluid level and adjust as needed. Check coolant condition and pressure check system. Check brake fluid level and condition. Check power steering fluid level and condition. Check belts; coolant, fuel, and vacuum hoses for damage/degradation. Check antenna operation (if applicable). Lube all doors and latches. Tighten door brake fasteners. Lube hood hinges and latch. Check differential fluid level. Check axle boots, CV joints, and/or U-Joints for damage. Check wheel bearings for play. Check parking brake operation. Check for fluid leaks. Check interior and exterior lights. Check wiper and washer jet operation. Check tire wear and condition. Set tire pressures to specification. Vacuum cowl. Check intake and cabin air filters. Test drive vehicle.
  • Check brake fluid for moisture and contamination. Inspect all hydraulic line and hoses. Inspect calipers and wheel cylinders. Inspect master cylinder and cap. Drain and refill entire brake system including master cylinder, calipers, wheel cylinders. Bleed system until clean fluid is seen.
  • Replace front brake pad linings and replace front brake disc rotors. Clean and lubricate brake calipers and slide mechanisms. Check and fill brake fluid. Bleed air from system. Road test vehicle.
 
John G. gave our service a 5 star review on 8/17/2022

2004 Honda Accord

Honda Accord

Mileage
127,121
Service Date
7/28/2022
Services Performed
  • Inspected vehicle for previously recommend service items, and checked additional vehicle systems for any service needs. Found the following: Brake fluid dark – Recommend changing fluid. Power steering fluid ok. Transmission fluid ok. Coolant ok. Drive belt ok. Cabin air filter dirty – Recommend replacement of filter element. Spark plugs appear to have been replaced recently. Front and rear struts/shocks starting to seep – Recommend monitoring. Lower control arm bushings have cracks – Recommend monitoring. Front ball joints do not have any play at this time. Rear tires are 7 years old – Recommend replacement of rear tires soon.
  • Check brake fluid for moisture and contamination. Inspect all hydraulic line and hoses. Inspect calipers and wheel cylinders. Inspect master cylinder and cap. Drain and refill entire brake system including master cylinder, calipers, wheel cylinders. Bleed system until clean fluid is seen.
 
Bailey M. gave our service a 5 star review on 8/15/2022

2007 BMW M5

BMW M5

Mileage
58,353
Service Date
8/9/2022
Services Performed
  • Test drove vehicle when cool and was able to recreate noise. After driving for a bit, noise did go away. Reinspected steering system and suspension components for source of noise. Found noise would not duplicate with suspension at droop. Found lower control arm bushings are torn and failing. Also noted boot covers/shields are not sitting properly, and are rubbing on control arms. Sway bar mounting bushings are also worn and cracking. Recommend replacement of control arms, sway bar bushings, and damaged covers before further diagnosis.
  • Removed splash shields and steering rack boot covers. Disconnected ball joints from spindles. Removed lower control arm mounting hardware from chassis. Removed control arm and replaced with new unit. Installed new ball joint nut and torqued to spec. Cycled suspension and torqued chassis mounting bolt to spec. Installed new rack boot cover on driver side. Repeated process on passenger side arm.
  • With splash shields removed, disconnected sway bar mounting hardware from sub frame. Removed brackets and bushings from sway bar. Cleaned mounting surfaces and installed new bushings on sway bar. Reinstalled brackets and mounting hardware. Test drove vehicle after completion of suspension repairs to check for any further clunks or other suspension/steering noises. No further noise present at this time. After completion of alignment, reinstalled splash shields and test drove vehicle again. Still no noise present.
  • Performed 4 wheel alignment. Test drive vehicle after repairs to confirm handling characteristics.
 
Robert G. gave our service a 5 star review on 8/10/2022

2018 Ford F-150

Ford F-150

Mileage
96,171
Service Date
7/26/2022
Services Performed
  • Includes: Change engine oil and filter. Check transmission fluid level and adjust as needed. Check coolant condition and pressure check system. Check brake fluid level and condition. Check power steering fluid level and condition. Check belts; coolant, fuel, and vacuum hoses for damage/degradation. Check antenna operation (if applicable). Lube all doors and latches. Tighten door brake fasteners. Lube hood hinges and latch. Check differential fluid level. Check axle boots, CV joints, and/or U-Joints for damage. Check wheel bearings for play. Check parking brake operation. Check for fluid leaks. Check interior and exterior lights. Check wiper and washer jet operation. Check tire wear and condition. Set tire pressures to specification. Vacuum cowl. Check intake and cabin air filters. Test drive vehicle.
  • Removed engine covers and intake piping to access all ignition coils. Removed coils and disconnected wiring. Removed spark plugs. Cleaned spark plug tubes of any debris or oil residue. Installed new plugs and torqued to spec. Reinstalled ignition coils and wiring. After completion of service reinstalled intake and test drove vehicle.
  • Drain cooling system completely. Flush system with water. Refill system with correct coolant. Bleed cooling system. Test drive to confirm proper cooling system operation. Top off coolant.
  • Let vehicle sit before starting, but no belt noise or squeaking present at start up. During service, removed drive belt and inspected pulleys, belts, and accessories. No play, noise, nor roughness found on pulleys. Tensioner is not loose. Belts are ok. Test started vehicle multiple times during and after service. No noise found at this time. Recommend leaving vehicle overnight for inspection if symptom continues.
  • Tested sunroof and shade operation. Sunroof opening properly and shade moving normally. Found sunroof vent operation studdered once, but no other issues present at this time.
  • Test drove vehicle before service to try and replicate fan noise. Heard rattle coming from under vehicle. During service, removed skid plates and found one screw missing, and one clip broken and rattling. Steam cleaned fan assemblies to remove any debris or dirt, and to remove coolant residue from front of engine. Cycled cooling fans through low and high speed settings. No noise or vibration present after cleaning. Reinstalled skid plates and moved clip from missing bolt to replace broken U nut. Tightened all clips and test drove again. No further vibration present from skid plate at this time.
 
Bruce M. gave our service a 5 star review on 7/27/2022

2018 Mercedes-Benz C300

Mercedes-Benz C300

Mileage
13,081
Service Date
7/25/2022
Services Performed
  • Includes: Change engine oil and filter. Check transmission fluid level and adjust as needed. Check coolant condition and pressure check system. Check brake fluid level and condition. Check power steering fluid level and condition. Check belts; coolant, fuel, and vacuum hoses for damage/degradation. Check antenna operation (if applicable). Lube all doors and latches. Tighten door brake fasteners. Lube hood hinges and latch. Check differential fluid level. Check axle boots, CV joints, and/or U-Joints for damage. Check wheel bearings for play. Check parking brake operation. Check for fluid leaks. Check interior and exterior lights. Check wiper and washer jet operation. Check tire wear and condition. Set tire pressures to specification. Vacuum cowl. Check intake and cabin air filters. Test drive vehicle.
  • Replace cabin filter element. Reassemble filter housing and access panel.
  • Removed cover and replaced key fob battery. Key now locking and unlocking car. Noted key had moisture present inside of housing. Recommend drying key in warm dry place to prevent corrosion of internal components.
 
Lucy B. gave our service a 5 star review on 7/25/2022

2013 Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf

Mileage
207,516
Service Date
7/19/2022
Services Performed
  • Includes: Change engine oil and filter. Check transmission fluid level and adjust as needed. Check coolant condition and pressure check system. Check brake fluid level and condition. Check power steering fluid level and condition. Check belts; coolant, fuel, and vacuum hoses for damage/degradation. Check antenna operation (if applicable). Lube all doors and latches. Tighten door brake fasteners. Lube hood hinges and latch. Check differential fluid level. Check axle boots, CV joints, and/or U-Joints for damage. Check wheel bearings for play. Check parking brake operation. Check for fluid leaks. Check interior and exterior lights. Check wiper and washer jet operation. Check tire wear and condition. Set tire pressures to specification. Vacuum cowl. Check intake and cabin air filters. Test drive vehicle.
  • Test drove vehicle to verify customer concern, vehicle has misfires present under heavy load. Inspected vehicle for ignition system issues, or airflow issues during service. Noted spark plugs are worn and intake valves have excess carbon buildup present. Recommend replacement of spark plugs and performing intake and throttle body cleaning to remove carbon deposits.
  • Perform throttle body and intake cleaning with BG fuel system. Add injector cleaner to fuel tank.
  • Removed engine covers and ignition coils. Removed spark plugs from engine. Cleaned spark plug tubes of any debris or contamination. Installed new spark plugs and torqued to spec. Reinstalled ignition coils and wiring. After completion of services, test drove vehicle and rechecked for misfires or pinging. No further running issues present at this time. If symptom returns, further diagnosis will be required.
  • Check brake fluid for moisture and contamination. Inspect all hydraulic line and hoses. Inspect calipers and wheel cylinders. Inspect master cylinder and cap. Drain and refill entire brake system including master cylinder, calipers, wheel cylinders. Bleed system until clean fluid is seen.
  • Drain cooling system completely. Flush system with water. Refill system with correct coolant. Bleed cooling system. Test drive to confirm proper cooling system operation. Top off coolant.
  • Remove wheels from vehicle. Inspect brakes. Remove tires. Install new tires and valve stems(if required). Computer spin balance. Reinstall wheels to vehicle and torque lug nuts to manufacturer's specifications.
  • State tire tax per tire.
  • Tire disposal fee per tire.
  • Performed 4 wheel alignment. Test drive vehicle after repairs to confirm handling characteristics.
  • Replace engine air filter.
  • Replace cabin filter element. Reassemble filter housing and access panels.
 
BRIAN M. gave our service a 5 star review on 7/20/2022

2014 Infiniti QX60

Infiniti QX60

Mileage
147,224
Service Date
7/8/2022
Services Performed
  • Includes: Change engine oil and filter. Check transmission fluid level and adjust as needed. Check coolant condition and pressure check system. Check brake fluid level and condition. Check power steering fluid level and condition. Check belts; coolant, fuel, and vacuum hoses for damage/degradation. Check antenna operation (if applicable). Lube all doors and latches. Tighten door brake fasteners. Lube hood hinges and latch. Check differential fluid level. Check axle boots, CV joints, and/or U-Joints for damage. Check wheel bearings for play. Check parking brake operation. Check for fluid leaks. Check interior and exterior lights. Check wiper and washer jet operation. Check tire wear and condition. Set tire pressures to specification. Vacuum cowl. Check intake and cabin air filters. Test drive vehicle.
  • Test drove vehicle to check for noise. Inspected vehicle for exhaust leaks with it running on lift. No exhaust leaks present. Removed drive belt and checked for noise from tensioner or other engine accessories. All ok. Noise still present when vehicle is running without belt. Noise is not a safety issue. Further investigation required to pinpoint source of noise.
  • Replaced engine air filter.
  • Replace rear brake pads. Clean mounting surfaces. Replace wear sensor as required. Replace brake rotors. Lubricate caliper slides. Adjust parking brake mechanism. Road test vehicle.
 
MIKE V. gave our service a 5 star review on 7/8/2022

2014 Lexus RX 350

Lexus RX 350

Mileage
61,955
Service Date
6/17/2022
Services Performed
  • Connected scan tool and performed full vehicle scan. Found code C1AC1: Master Module Axis Misalignment. Checked live data from blind spot monitor and found live data shows alignment at +6.1 degrees. Allowable range is -3.6 to +3.6 degrees. Removed rear bumper assembly to inspect sensor and mounting brackets. Found driver side sensor mounting bracket and mounting tab on body are bent slightly. Loosened mounting hardware and moved sensor to see if alignment can be reset, but error code is hard stored in module. Recommend repairing mounting tab on body and replacing mounting bracket and sensor. After completion of repair, system will need to be programmed and calibrated. Customer declined further repairs at this time. Reinstalled rear bumper cover. Reset error codes.
 
Pat M. gave our service a 5 star review on 6/22/2022

2016 Mercedes-Benz S550

Mercedes-Benz S550

Mileage
46,126
Service Date
6/17/2022
Services Performed
  • Includes: Change engine oil and filter. Check transmission fluid level and adjust as needed. Check coolant condition and pressure check system. Check brake fluid level and condition. Check power steering fluid level and condition. Check belts; coolant, fuel, and vacuum hoses for damage/degradation. Check antenna operation (if applicable). Lube all doors and latches. Tighten door brake fasteners. Lube hood hinges and latch. Check differential fluid level. Check axle boots, CV joints, and/or U-Joints for damage. Check wheel bearings for play. Check parking brake operation. Check for fluid leaks. Check interior and exterior lights. Check wiper and washer jet operation. Check tire wear and condition. Set tire pressures to specification. Vacuum cowl. Check intake and cabin air filters. Test drive vehicle.
  • Scanned vehicle for SRS error codes, none found. Air bag light was not on during test drive or service. Spoke to customer and confirmed light is on when customer has bag in passenger seat. Suspect bag is causing passenger seat sensor to activate and cause air bag light to come on. Recommend keeping bag on floor or connecting passenger seatbelt to turn light off.
  • Replace engine air filter.
  • Install new battery. Clean cable ends. Perform battery adaptation to vehicle as needed.
  • During inspection, found front left tire has inside edge wear to the point wires are coming out of tire. Rear tires have 4/32" tread depth and will need to be replaced soon. Front right tire has edge wear also, but 7/32" tread depth. Recommend replacement of all tires and an alignment to prevent further tire wear issues and correct safety issues with current tires. Customer declined replacement of 3 remaining tires at this time. Remove wheel from vehicle. Inspect brakes. Remove tire. Install new tire and valve stem(if required). Computer spin balance. Reinstall wheel to vehicle and torque lug nuts to manufacturer's specifications.
  • State tire tax per tire.
  • Tire disposal fee per tire.
 
Lucy B. gave our service a 5 star review on 6/21/2022