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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

2018 Kia Niro

Kia Niro

Mileage
47,222
Service Date
4/5/2021
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 panel.
 
PATRICIA J. gave our service a 5 star review on 4/6/2021

2005 Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Wrangler

Mileage
68,322
Service Date
4/2/2021
Services Performed
  • Found transfer case lever misaligned due to transfer case mounting spacers. Adjusted linkage to align with new transfer case location and reinstalled bushing to help retain linkage. Tested transfer case shifter operation, all ok at this time.
  • Inspected AC system. Found system has pressure, but compressor clutch is not activating. Checked power at ac clutch, none present. Traced power to fuse box, found AC fuse is blown. Replaced fuse and rechecked system function. AC now working properly.
  • Inspected exhaust system for source of leak. Leak appears to be from exhaust manifold. Recommend removal and replacement of exhaust manifold/intake gasket as first step. If exhaust manifold is cracked, may require replacement of manifold.
  • Remove wheels from vehicle. Inspect brakes. Computer spin balance. Reinstall wheels to vehicle and torque lug nuts to manufacturer's specifications.
  • Removed front skid plate and steering damper. Cleaned mounting bolts of debris.
  • Removed worn end links and replaced with quick release style extended links to match vehicle lift. Installed new mounts for sway bar disconnect quick release. Set links to equal length during installation. After driving vehicle, links may need length adjusted if one side is pre-loaded.
  • Scanned vehicle for stored error codes. Found codes P0344, P0340, and P0335 stored and current. All codes are for camshaft/crankshaft position errors. Reset codes and started motor. Code P0344 returned for cam position error. Inspected wiring at cam sensor for damage. Found wires good, and sensor appears to be relatively new. Removed sensor and inspected. Found magnet in sensor is very weak, which will cause sensor to not read properly. Recommend new sensor before any further diagnosis. Replaced cam position sensor. Cleared error codes and started vehicle. No error codes returned immediately and vehicle is running smoother. Test drove vehicle to check additional customer complaints and rescanned after test drives. No error codes stored or pending, and no check engine light present.
  • Test drove vehicle and checked for steering wobble. Found some wobble present from front suspension. Checked front suspension components. Found sway bar end link bushings worn and steering damper weak. Also found tires appear to have lost wheel weights. Recommend tire balance and replacing worn components as first step in repairs.
 
Stephen L. gave our service a 5 star review on 4/5/2021

2012 Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen Jetta

Mileage
120,814
Service Date
4/1/2021
Services Performed
  • Found axle boots torn during vehicle inspection. Removed front wheels and axle retaining bolts. Moved brakes and loosened suspension components to remove axles from hubs. Removed damaged boots and disassembled outer CV joints. Cleaned remaining grease and debris from joints. Installed new boot on axle shaft. Reassembled CV joint and greased with supplied lubricant. Installed new boots over joints and clamped with new pinch clamps. Cleaned grease and residue from body and suspension components. Reassembled front suspension and brakes. Installed new axle bolts. Test drove vehicle and reinspected, all ok.
  • Removed engine covers and intake piping. Disconnected throttle body wiring and connections. Removed old throttle body and gasket. Cleaned mounting surfaces and installed new throttle body and new gasket. Reconnected wiring and intake piping. Programmed new unit to vehicle and performed calibration procedure. All calibrations set properly. Test drove vehicle after repairs to confirm proper throttle body operation. Vehicle driving normal, no check engine light present. Rescanned vehicle and no error codes stored nor pending.
  • Removed intake and vacuum lines for the pump assembly. Removed and replaced pump after moving motor mount and suspending engine. Cleaned mounting surfaces and replaced pump assembly. Reassembled motor mount and reinstalled vacuum lines. Rechecked after test driving, no further leaks at this time.
  • Scanned vehicle for error codes. Found codes stored for throttle body circuits. Cleared codes and rescanned. Throttle body codes returned. Checked wires for proper continuity between ECM and throttle body. All wires ok. Recommend replacement throttle body.
 
David B. gave our service a 5 star review on 4/2/2021

2016 Audi Q5

Audi Q5

Mileage
66,677
Service Date
3/25/2021
Services Performed
  • Clean washer jet assemblies and check operation
  • 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.
  • Inspected vehicle for possible leaks. Found front left outer axle boot torn and grease sprayed over brakes, wheel, and suspension components. Checked all engine fluids, levels good and no fluid leaks apparent. Recommend replacement of axle boot and grease. Clean affected area and recheck.
  • Removed front wheel and brake assembly. Removed axle retaining nut from hub. Disconnected spindle from control arms. Removed axle retaining bolts at stub shaft from differential. Removed axle assembly. Removed damaged boot and clamps from outer axle joint. Removed outer stubshaft and disassembled joint. Cleaned old grease from components and regreased with new OEM grease. Installed axle boot onto inner shaft and reinstalled outer stub. Clamped boot with provided clamps and checked axle motion. Joint ok. Cleaned mounting surfaces and remaining grease from suspension components. Reinstalled axle to hub and spindle to control arms. Installed and torqued new axle retaining nut. Reinstalled brake hardware and wheel. Test drove vehicle and reinspected axle assembly. All ok.
  • Replaced engine air filter.
 
MARTHA R. gave our service a 5 star review on 3/29/2021

2005 Ford Excursion

Ford Excursion

Mileage
275,490
Service Date
3/26/2021
Services Performed
  • Checked front seats for proper operation. Found driver seat switch intermittent on front and rear movement and passenger seat front and rear movement inoperative. Removed seat switch from driver seat and inspected. Found switch assembly out of position and no longer making good contact. Replaced with new seat switch and tested seat operation. Seat now working properly. Checked switch on passenger seat, same failure occurred. Recommend passenger seat switch to repair.
  • 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.
 
KARIN C. gave our service a 5 star review on 3/27/2021

2013 Audi S5

Audi S5

Mileage
102,633
Service Date
3/19/2021
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 intake piping from engine. Disconnected and cleaned wiring harness of coolant residue. Removed retainer clip and sensor assembly. Checked sensor fitting for any marks or damage, ok. Installed new sensor and o-ring. Installed new retaining clip and reconnected wiring. Filled and bled cooling system. Test drove vehicle and rechecked for any leaks. No leaks present at this time.
  • Removed upper engine cover and cowl panel to access auxiliary pump. Moved wiring and hoses to access auxiliary coolant pump inlet hose. Loosened clamp and moved it to proper location on hose and pump fitting. Retightened clamp. Reassembled engine hoses and wiring. Pressure tested system after both coolant repairs were completed. No leaks present at this time.
  • Removed vacuum hose assembly from vacuum pump and check valve to brake booster. Installed new line and reconnected to both fittings. Checked routing for any interference or tension on joints, all ok.
  • Replace cabin filter element. Reassemble filter housing and access panels.
  • Replace engine air filter.
 
Bart F. gave our service a 5 star review on 3/19/2021

2016 Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester

Mileage
36,180
Service Date
3/17/2021
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.
  • Inspected sunroof trim, found it loose around front lip and out of shape. Formed trim into straight line as much as possible and reattached to roof panel. Able to get trim reinstalled to correct position. If trim fails again, replacement of trim piece will be required.
  • Inspected tires for wear and damage. Found front tires have been replaced already and rear tires appear to be original to vehicle. Right rear tires has excess outer edge wear. Front tires have some edge wear starting. Recommend replacement of rear tires with matching pair and a 4 wheel alignment.
  • Replace cabin filter element. Reassemble filter housing and access panels.
  • Replace engine air filter.
 
DALE P. gave our service a 5 star review on 3/18/2021

2014 Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen Jetta

Mileage
49,007
Service Date
3/12/2021
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.
 
IRMA S. gave our service a 5 star review on 3/16/2021

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen Tiguan

Mileage
26,272
Service Date
3/11/2021
Services Performed
  • Lubricate and check chassis. Change oil and oil filter. Check air filter and breather filter. Check all fluid levels and tire pressures.
  • Remove wheels from vehicle. Inspect brakes. 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.
 
Michael G. gave our service a 5 star review on 3/14/2021

2011 Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius

Mileage
114,966
Service Date
3/5/2021
Services Performed
  • Test drove vehicle to confirm customer concern. Noise is transmitting through whole vehicle. Raised vehicle on lift and spun all tires by hand. Found front right tire is rough when spun by hand. Started vehicle on lift and put into drive. Noise still present at 20 mph with wheels off ground. Checked transmission and driveline components with stethoscope. Noise is originating from passenger front wheel bearing. Recommend replacement of front hub assembly/wheel bearing. Removed right front wheel, brake caliper, caliber bracket, and rotor. Removed axle retaining nut and loosened axle from hub.. Disconnected wheel speed sensor wiring. Removed hub retaining bolts. Removed hub assembly from spindle. (Note: One wheel stud was not seated in hub any more and fell out when wheel nuts were removed.) Checked spindle for signs of damage, nothing visibly present. Installed new hub assembly and reinstalled brakes, hardware, and wheel. Started vehicle on lift and checked for noise again. Noise no longer present. Checked wheel speed sensor data via scan tool, sensor reading properly. Test drove vehicle to recheck for noise. Evan at highway speeds, noise is no longer present. Note: Recommend vehicle alignment is checked due to impact damage to wheels.
 
Deborah L. gave our service a 5 star review on 3/10/2021

2013 Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai Elantra

Mileage
60,371
Service Date
3/5/2021
Services Performed
  • Inspected vehicle for customer complaints. Test drove vehicle to check for light and idle speed. Idle speed with AC on is just over 1000rpm, and drops occasionally. This is normal operating range for increased idle speed with AC engaged. Noted AC is not getting as cold as it should. Connected scan tool and checked for any error codes in history or current. No error codes stored or pending. Checked oil pressure in scan tool, pressure reading within normal range. Raised vehicle and inspected. Found oil filter is an economy brand which may be causing restriction or other issues with oiling system. Checked oil pressure switch, it is reading withing spec for internal resistance at this time, but is original. Recommend installing higher quality oil filter and new oil pressure gauge as first step. Removed oil filter and replaced with new part. Note: Correct filter for vehicle is much larger than filter that was installed. Possible filter was a restriction to oil flow due to size constraint. Disconnected oil pressure sender and removed from oil filter housing. Cleaned port and installed new sensor. Reconnected wiring. Started vehicle and topped off oil level. No oil pressure light returned even on test drive. Monitor vehicle for light to return. If light returns, further diagnosis will be required.
  • Replace wiper blades on vehicle.
 
Erica K. gave our service a 5 star review on 3/5/2021

2016 BMW 328i GT xDrive

BMW 328i GT xDrive

Mileage
76,015
Service Date
3/4/2021
Services Performed
  • 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.
  • Replaced engine air filter.
 
Cheyenne A. gave our service a 5 star review on 3/5/2021