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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

2011 Chevrolet Silverado

Chevrolet Silverado

Mileage
77,804
Service Date
11/28/2022
Services Performed
  • Inspected vehicle for check engine light. Found error codes stored for engine oil pressure switch (P0523). Inspected vehicle and found engine oil dirty and 2.5 quarts low. Topped off oil and reset error codes. Test drove vehicle and check engine light returned for same error code. Recommend replacement of oil pressure switch and filter. Also recommend oil change is performed. Removed engine covers and intake manifold to access switch. Disconnected wiring to switch and removed from engine. Removed oil screen from engine and replaced with new element. Installed new oil pressure sender. Reinstalled intake manifold. After completion of service and repairs, cleared error codes and test drove vehicle. Oil pressure readings now within spec, and check engine light did not return. Rescanned vehicle. No error codes stored nor pending.
  • Inspected washer fluid system. Found reservoir empty. Filled reservoir, but sensor is not reading properly. Recommend replacement of washer fluid level sensor. Disconnected wiring to sensor and removed from reservoir. Installed new sensor assembly and reconnected wiring. Coolant light went out, and sensor is reading properly.
  • Lubricate and check chassis. Change oil and oil filter. Check air filter and breather filter. Check all fluid levels and tire pressures.
 
Michael W. gave our service a 5 star review on 11/29/2022

2012 Subaru Outback

Subaru Outback

Mileage
146,624
Service Date
11/18/2022
Services Performed
  • Perform pre-purchase vehicle inspection. All exterior lights work. Cooling system holding pressure, but slightly low on level. No leak evidence present. Battery OK. No visible leaks or fluid residue present on engine, hoses, or pumps. Engine oil at minimum level. Drive belt and hoses in good condition. No cracks or swelling present. Front and rear wipers are streaking. Recommend replacement. Brake fluid dark. Recommend replacement of fluid. Engine air filter dirty. Recommend replacement. Cabin air filter dirty. Recommend replacement. Front struts are weak. Front right ball joint has play. Recommend replacement. Front right tire has outer edge wear. Possibly from ball joint play. Rear upper control arm bushings have stress cracks present. Check at next service. Rear brakes are getting low. Recommend replacement of pads and rotors soon. Rear differential fluid dark. Recommend replacement of fluid. Front diff and transmission fluid ok.
 
Kristi L. gave our service a 5 star review on 11/19/2022

2016 Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester

Mileage
52,044
Service Date
11/4/2022
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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Replace wiper blades on vehicle.
 
DALE P. gave our service a 5 star review on 11/7/2022

2013 Toyota Tundra

Toyota Tundra

Mileage
104,343
Service Date
9/21/2022
Services Performed
  • Inspected vehicle for service and maintenance needs. Recommend the following items are addressed. Brake fluid dark, recommend exchange. Air and cabin filters dirty. Coolant, transmission, differential, and transfer case fluids should be exchanged. Battery weak and terminals corroded. Replace battery. Rear brakes worn.
  • 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 engine air filter.
  • Replace cabin filter element. Reassemble filter housing and access panels.
  • Drain and refill transmission fluid.
  • Drain and refill transfer case fluid.
  • Drain and refill differentials.
  • Install new battery. Clean cable ends. Perform battery adaptation to vehicle as needed.
  • 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.
  • 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.
 
Matthew G. gave our service a 5 star review on 10/11/2022

2013 Honda Fit

Honda Fit

Mileage
62,306
Service Date
10/6/2022
Services Performed
  • Inspected vehicle for noise and found front right wheel bearing noisy. Recommend replacement of hub and bearing to correct issue. Removed front wheel and brake components. Removed axle retainer and pressed axle from hub. Removed steering knuckle from strut and suspension components. Pressed hub and bearing from knuckle. Cleaned mounting surfaces and installed new bearing and hub using press. Tested new bearing for any noise or roughness when spun by hand. OK. Reinstalled knuckle assembly and tightened mounting hardware to spec. Reinstalled axle and brake components. Test drove vehicle. No further bearing noise present at this time.
  • During vehicle inspection for noise source, found coolant residue present around thermostat housing. Pressure tested system and found coolant leaking from thermostat gasket. Recommend replacement of gasket and thermostat to correct issue. Partially drained cooling system. Removed radiator hose from thermostat housing. Removed thermostat and housing assembly from engine. Cleaned mounting surfaces. Installed new thermostat and gasket into original housing. Reinstalled housing and thermostat. Connected radiator hose. Filled cooling system and pressure tested. No further leak present. Bled air from system. Test drove vehicle after completion of repairs. Coolant level ok, and no evidence of leak from thermostat.
 
Desmond O. gave our service a 5 star review on 10/7/2022

2006 Toyota Tacoma

Toyota Tacoma

Mileage
145,960
Service Date
9/6/2022
Services Performed
  • 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.
  • Remove engine cover and intake piping. Removed breather lines from valve cover. Disconnected ignition wiring and removed coils. Removed valve cover and gasket. Cleaned mounting surfaces. Installed new gasket and spark plug tube seals. Reinstalled valve cover and torqued mounting hardware to spec. Reinstalled ignition components, breather lines, and intake piping. After completion of service, test drove vehicle and rechecked valve cover. No further leaks present at this time.
 
Ruth H. gave our service a 5 star review on 10/2/2022

2018 MINI Cooper

MINI Cooper

Mileage
17,842
Service Date
9/29/2022
Services Performed
  • Test drove vehicle on highway and city streets to try and replicate shake/shudder issue. High speed driving had a noise, found passenger side headlight trim ring was loose and came off at speed. No further noise or vibration at highway speeds. Tried braking from highway speeds to check for any brake shudder, ok. When driving on surface streets, no suspension noise or rattles present. Only shaking felt was during transmission engagement after letting off of brake at stops. This was minor and is common to all automatic Minis. Inspected vehicle on lift for any signs of suspension play, wheel imbalance, or tire issues. All ok. If symptom returns, recommend customer notate exact driving conditions to try and replicate issue.
  • 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 ( 13mm) Rear ( 11mm). No brake shaking present from hard nor light brake application.
 
David B. gave our service a 5 star review on 9/30/2022

2013 MINI Cooper

MINI Cooper

Mileage
88,299
Service Date
9/27/2022
Services Performed
  • Inspected vehicle and found left front wheel has a screw in center of tread. Removed and patched tire. Rebalanced wheel and reinstalled on vehicle. Test drove vehicle and rechecked tire. No further leak present at this time.
 
SARAH G. gave our service a 5 star review on 9/27/2022

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