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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

2017 Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester

Mileage
17,596
Service Date
2/16/2021
Services Performed
  • Checked AC system performance. Found AC is not cooling. Removed engine covers and checked AC compressor for proper engagement. OK. Connected AC gauges and measured high and low side pressure. Found pressures are below normal on both sides. Recommend charging AC system and adding oil dye.
  • Recharge with R-134. Add oil dye. Test system performance and check for leaks. Checked pressures after charging, pressures are now reading normally. Checked AC function, AC now blowing cold inside vehicle. Ran vehicle with AC on for approximately an hour. Inspected AC system with UV light for leaks. Found AC dye on lower corners of AC condenser. Recommend replacement of AC condenser to correct leaks. Found manufacturer has extended warranty on AC condenser.
  • Service not due at this time. Recommend servicing air and cabin filters when oil change is due (September 2021).
  • Wiper Check – Customer states wipers don't operate well.
 
Ellen B. gave our service a 5 star review on 2/18/2021

2018 MINI Cooper

MINI Cooper

Mileage
11,692
Service Date
2/15/2021
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 panels.
  • Replace engine air filter.
 
David B. gave our service a 5 star review on 2/15/2021

2006 Mercedes-Benz E55

Mercedes-Benz E55

Mileage
87,862
Service Date
2/10/2021
Services Performed
  • Found supercharger belt showing wear on back side. Checked tensioner pulley, found pulley is noisy and not spinning easily. Removed drive belt and tensioner assembly. Installed new tensioner and pulley. Installed new belt and removed lock pin on tensioner. Test drove vehicle and rechecked belt. System working properly.
  • 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.
  • Install new battery. Clean cable ends. Perform battery adaptation to vehicle as needed. Tightened cable connections that were loose on trickle charger connector.
  • Removed air filters from vehicle. Cleaned filters with cleaning solution and rinsed. Let filters dry overnight before reinstalling filters and intake assembly.
  • Replace wiper blades on vehicle.
  • Tested both batteries. Primary battery in trunk is from 5/13 and only reads 11.9 volts. Load test passed, but recommend replacement of battery due to age. Auxiliary battery under hood is good.
 
ERNEST N. gave our service a 5 star review on 2/12/2021

2016 Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius

Mileage
37,663
Service Date
2/8/2021
Services Performed
  • Install new battery. Clean cable ends. Perform battery adaptation to vehicle as needed.
 
FABIAN G. gave our service a 5 star review on 2/9/2021

2015 Audi Q5

Audi Q5

Mileage
76,450
Service Date
2/3/2021
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 to access exhaust manifold. Disconnected oxygen sensor harness and moved wiring. Removed oxygen sensor from exhaust manifold. Installed new sensor assembly and torqued to spec. Reconnected sensor wiring harness. Test started vehicle and checked live data. Sensor now reading properly. Reinstalled engine covers. Cleared codes and test drove vehicle. No codes stored or pending after test drive. Checked emissions monitors. Cat monitor and evap have not set yet. Test drive vehicle in the morning to finish setting monitor.
  • Removed retaining bolt and disconnected electrical wiring from rear bumper light assembly. Installed new light and reconnected wiring. Tested light operation, all ok.
  • Replace wiper blades on vehicle.
  • Scanned vehicle to check for codes. Found code stored for Bank 1 Sensor 1 Oxygen Sensor fault. Cleared codes and rescanned, fault returned immediately. Checked live data on scan tool. Found sensor not reading. Checked sensor and wiring, all ok. Recommend new sensor.
 
SUZY C. gave our service a 5 star review on 2/5/2021

2013 Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius

Mileage
61,741
Service Date
2/1/2021
Services Performed
  • All tires were around 10 psi low. Filled to spec and light turned out.
  • 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.
 
Ellen B. gave our service a 5 star review on 2/2/2021

2006 Toyota Sienna

Toyota Sienna

Mileage
199,874
Service Date
1/13/2021
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.
  • Noise when braking. Customer states there is a clicking noise from the front of the vehicle when coming to a stop. Check and advise.
  • Replace cabin filter element. Reassemble filter housing and access panels.
  • Replace engine air filter.
  • Replace wiper blades on vehicle.
 
DEBBY D. gave our service a 5 star review on 1/14/2021

2015 Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester

Mileage
111,874
Service Date
1/6/2021
Services Performed
  • Axle Replacement
  • 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 panels.
  • Replace engine air filter.
  • Replace wiper blades on vehicle.
  • Steam clean vehicle to remove rodent residue and debris build up.
  • Test drove vehicle to confirm customer concern. Found noise present when turning sharply in either direction. Checked axle shafts with vehicle on lift. Found both front axles have play in joints causing noise. Recommend replacement of both front driveshafts.
 
Katie D. gave our service a 5 star review on 1/7/2021

2014 Kia Soul

Kia Soul

Mileage
100,132
Service Date
12/31/2020
Services Performed
  • Checked all vehicle tires. Found right rear tire low at 28 PSI and and a screw near the sidewall that is non-repairable. Recommend 2 new tires.
  • During service noted upper left tail light bulb and one license plate bulb were inoperative. Removed bulbs for inspection and found them burnt out. Replaced with new bulbs and tested operation, all exterior lights working properly at this time.
  • 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.
  • Remove wheels from vehicle. Inspect brakes. Computer spin balance. Reinstall wheels to vehicle and torque lug nuts to manufacturer's specifications.
  • Replace cabin filter element. Reassemble filter housing and access panels.
  • Replace engine air filter.
  • 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.
  • Supported engine on cross bar. Removed front suspension components to allow axle removal. Removed axles and disconnected transmission mount and wiring. Disconnected transmission assembly from engine and removed transmission. Replaced axle seals in used transmission and installed transmission into vehicle. Reconnected transmission cooler lines and wiring. Reinstalled transmission mount and axles. Filled transmission to check for leaks, ok. Reinstalled remaining suspension components, engine covers, and accessories. Test drove vehicle to check transmission operation. No noise present out of replacement trans. Rechecked fluid level and test drove vehicle a second time. Transmission functioning properly.
  • Test drove vehicle prior to service to try and replicate customer concern. Found noise audible at nearly all times and noise was dependent on vehicle and engine speeds. Raised vehicle on lift and checked for source of noise with vehicle running in gear. Noise is coming from inside of transmission housing. Recommend replacement of transmission to correct issue.
  • State tire tax per tire.
  • Tire disposal fee per tire.
 
STEVE H. gave our service a 5 star review on 12/31/2020

2008 Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen Jetta

Mileage
126,075
Service Date
12/30/2020
Services Performed
  • Connect scan tool and checked for codes. Numerous codes stored throughout multiple modules. Air bag and check engine light are on dash. Codes in ECU are P3078(Idle Airflow Range) and P0411(Incorrect Airflow). Removed air intake and filter box to check intake for leaks. Commanded air injection pump to turn on via scan tool, pump is operating properly. Added smoke to system and turned pump on again. Found air leaks from both air injection hoses. During inspection, also found intake and throttle body covered with carbon buildup. Recommend replacing air injection hoses and performing a throttle body/intake cleaning.
  • Replace cracked air injection hoses. During repair, perform throttle body and intake cleaning. Clear codes and test drive vehicle to set emissions monitors and recheck for any error lights. Removed intake and engine covers. Removed cracked air injection hoses from pump to intake hose, and from pump to valve. Performed throttle body cleaning procedure while intake is off. Reset throttle body adaptations. Installed new air injection hoses and reinstalled intake piping and engine covers. Performed emissions monitor test via scan tool. After two tries, air injection monitor had not set. Pump is turning on at times during test drive. Noted brake pedal is hard sometimes during test drive. Recommend reattempting in morning with vehicle cold. After sitting over night, retried setting air injection emissions monitor. Monitor will not set via scan tool. Test drove again. Rescanned vehicle for error codes. No codes stored or pending at this time, and no check engine light on dash. Further time needed to diagnose air injection system if monitor does not self set.
 
Daniel V. gave our service a 5 star review on 12/31/2020

2012 Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius

Mileage
126,771
Service Date
12/18/2020
Services Performed
  • Install new battery. Clean cable ends. Perform battery adaptation to vehicle as needed. Reset clock and other electrical accessories. Retested electrical system, all ok.
  • Lubricate and check chassis. Change oil and oil filter. Check air filter and breather filter. Check all fluid levels and tire pressures.
  • Replace cabin filter element. Reassemble filter housing and access panel.
  • Test drove vehicle to duplicate customer concern. Noise is speed dependent on vehicle motion, not engine speed. Suspect drivetrain or wheel bearing source. Lifted vehicle and checked components, found right rear wheel bearing very noisy when spun by hand. Recommend new hub assembly. Removed rear wheel and brake assembly. Disconnected control arm and removed hub assembly. Cleaned mounting surfaces and installed new hub. Reattached suspension and brake components. Reinstalled wheel. No further noise when spun by hand. Test drove vehicle after repairs, noise level is now at a normal level at highway speeds.
 
GEOFF F. gave our service a 5 star review on 12/18/2020

2011 Volvo S80

Volvo S80

Mileage
117,687
Service Date
12/11/2020
Services Performed
  • Removed upper and lower engine covers. Removed intake piping. Disconnected wiring and vacuum lines from pump. Removed pump and gasket. Cleaned mounting surface and installed new gasket and pump. Reconnected vacuum lines and wiring. Test drove vehicle and reinspected. No further evidence of leakage from pump.
  • Steam clean vehicle to remove oil residue and debris build up.
  • While engine covers were off removed battery tray and air filter housing. Removed tensioner cover. Loosened belt tensioner to remove belt from idler pulley. Removed engine cover bracket from AC compressor. Removed AC compressor and AC line hold down bolts. Moved compressor out of way and removed belt tensioner retaining bolt. Removed belt from engine and installed new belt. Reassembled tensioner, AC compressor, brackets, and battery tray.
 
Ruth H. gave our service a 5 star review on 12/12/2020