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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

2004 Lexus LS 430

Lexus LS 430

Mileage
171,485
Service Date
5/17/2022
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.
  • Replaced engine air filter.
 
JANE B. gave our service a 5 star review on 5/17/2022

2012 Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V

Mileage
117,974
Service Date
4/22/2022
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.
  • Inspected interior lights. Removed covers on overhead lights to check bulbs. Adjusted bulbs to make proper contact with tabs and found lights are working at this time. Rechecked lights after completion of service and repairs. Dome lights still functioning properly. Replaced tail light bulb that was out during service as well.
  • Smog Test and Visual Inspection
  • State Issued Smog Certificate
  • State fee for electronic submission of smog inspection results.
  • Replace 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.
  • Steam clean vehicle to remove oil residue and debris build up. Added oil dye to engine. Recommend driving vehicle 500-1000 miles and having engine inspected for source of leak.
 
Deb K. gave our service a 5 star review on 4/22/2022

2006 Mercedes-Benz C230

Mercedes-Benz C230

Mileage
112,160
Service Date
4/18/2022
Services Performed
  • Install new battery. Clean cable ends. Perform battery adaptation to vehicle as needed.
 
RONALD G. L. gave our service a 5 star review on 4/19/2022

2014 Subaru Outback

Subaru Outback

Mileage
85,902
Service Date
2/25/2022
Services Performed
  • Test drove vehicle to check for customer concern. Connected scan tool and checked vehicle for error codes after initial test drive did not replicate issue. Found error codes in history for transmission error, vehicle speed abnormal, and no data from TPMS sensor #3. Test drove vehicle multiple times until surge/stutter issue presented itself. Found vehicle will occasionally lose propulsion under steady light throttle cruise or when engaging accelerator after coasting. Engine RPMS remain steady, but drivetrain seems to clunk. Suspect issue is related to CVT transmission which is under extended warranty coverage from manufacturer.
  • During test drives, noted howling noise from right rear of vehicle that was dependent on vehicle speed. Checked vehicle on lift and found right rear wheel bearing is rough and noisy when spun by hand. Recommend new hub assembly to correct issue. Removed wheel and brake components from right rear of vehicle. Disconnected axle retainer and pressed axle out of hub assembly. Removed hub retaining bolts from back of spindle and removed hub and bearing assembly. Cleaned mounting area and installed new hub assembly using original hardware. Reinstalled axle and brake backing plate. Installed remaining brake components and wheel. Test drove vehicle. No further bearing noise present.
  • Lower oil level to spec.
 
Don B. gave our service a 5 star review on 2/26/2022

2013 Audi S5

Audi S5

Mileage
114,600
Service Date
2/22/2022
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, air intake piping, and splash shields to inspect for source of coolant leak. Found coolant residue underneath intake/supercharger. Recommend removal of supercharger to find source of coolant leak. Removed drive belt, throttle body wiring, and vacuum lines from upper manifold. Disconnected intercooler hoses from manifold. Disconnected wiring from rear of supercharger. Removed upper hose and thermostat assembly. Removed supercharger assembly from engine and disconnected breather hose from oil separator. Removed supercharger assembly from engine and inspected for source of leak. Found coolant pipe underneath supercharger is leaking. Pipe requires removal of lower intake and high pressure fuel lines. Recommend replacement of oil separator and breather hoses under supercharger as preventative steps since access is available now. Drained cooling system. Bled pressure from fuel system. Disconnected tumble flap actuators and fuel feed lines. Removed lower intake manifolds. Disconnected coolant and breather lines from under manifolds. Removed air injection pipes from rear of engine. Removed oil separator from engine. Cleaned oil and coolant from engine valley. Installed new oil separator. Installed new coolant pipe, air injection hoses, and breather pipes. Reinstalled lower intakes with new gaskets and fuel injector o-rings. Confirmed tumble valves are in correct position. Reconnected wiring, fuel feed lines, and vacuum lines. Installed new thermostat and housing. Installed new vent valve connector to supercharger assembly and reinstalled supercharger. Reconnected coolant and intercooler hoses. Replaced cracked air injection hose from pump to pipe. Reconnected wiring and hoses to supercharger assembly and throttle body. Filled and bled cooling system. Pressure tested cooling system. No leaks present. Test drove vehicle multiple times and rechecked for coolant residue, level change, or coolant smell. No further leaks present at this time. Reinstalled engine covers and splash shields.
 
Bart F. gave our service a 5 star review on 2/22/2022

2013 Toyota Venza

Toyota Venza

Mileage
99,317
Service Date
2/8/2022
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 cabin filter element. Reassemble filter housing and access panels.
 
AMY G. gave our service a 5 star review on 2/9/2022

2010 Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius

Mileage
217,945
Service Date
2/4/2022
Services Performed
  • Inspected vehicle for customer concern. Found check engine light on, and engine running rough upon gas motor engagement. Connected scan tool and checked for error codes. Found 3 codes stored and current in ECU. Codes are P0300 (Random Cylinder Misfire), P0302 (Cylinder 2 Misfire), and P0304 (Cylinder 4 Misfire). Checked live data and confirmed misfires are present when vehicle starts up. Numbered ignition coils and swapped coils 1&3 with coils 2&4 respectively. Cleared codes and test started vehicle. Error codes returned for cylinder 2 and 4 misfires. Removed spark plugs to check condition. Plugs look to be newer, but have some staining on insulation around electrode. Found excess pressure within cooling system when removing coolant reservoir cap. Performed combustion gas test on cooling system. Test failed, fluid changed color indicating combustion gasses are entering the cooling system. Recommend removal of cylinder head for inspection/rebuild and replacement of cylinder head gasket.
  • Removed engine covers and splash shields. Removed intake piping, air filter housing, power distribution box, and underhood reservoirs for access. Drained cooling system. Disconnected radiator hoses and fans. Removed ignition coils and upper engine wiring. Removed intake manifold and throttle body. Disconnected exhaust from cylinder head. Removed timing covers and valve cover from engine. Disconnected timing chain and removed timing components. Found guides worn. Recommend replacement of timing chain and components during reassembly of engine. Removed cylinder head from engine. Removed cams and rockers from cylinder head. While head was being refurbished, cleaned pistons and engine deck to prep for new head gasket installation. Inspected removed components. Found intake manifold has clogged egr ports and is full of carbon buildup. Recommend new intake manifold. Installed rebuild cylinder head with new head gasket, head bolts, and washers. Torqued head bolts to factory specification. Installed cam followers, cam bridge, and camshafts. Installed new timing guides, chains, and tensioner. Installed timing cover with new gasket material. Installed valve cover with new gasket. Reinstalled exhaust manifold with new gasket. Transferred throttle body and fuel injection components to new intake manifold and installed with new gaskets. Installed remaining engine accessories and covers with new gaskets where available. Installed new spark plugs. Drained oil after completing engine assembly. Refilled engine with fresh oil and installed new oil filter. Reconnected coolant hoses and reinstalled underhood fluid reservoirs. Filled engine cooling system and bled. Reinstalled power distribution, air intake components, and covers. Cycled vehicle on, ok. Started engine and checked for any leaks or running issues. Engine running normally and no leaks present. Cleared error code history and test drove vehicle. Check engine light did not return, no rough running or misfires felt. Rescanned vehicle. No error codes stored nor pending.
  • Disassemble and Inspect Head Hot Tank Cleaning Pressure Test Cylinder Head – OK Glass Bead Blast Head and Valves Check Valve Guide Clearance – OK 3 Angle Cut Valve Seats Regrind Valves Surface Cylinder Head .003" Assemble Valves and Springs Vacuum Test […]

2007 Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius

Mileage
136,363
Service Date
1/25/2022
Services Performed
  • Removed splash shields and engine covers. Drained coolant from inverter cooling system. Removed hoses from pump assembly. Removed old pump and installed new unit. Connected hoses and reinstalled clamps. Filled cooling system with fresh fluid and cycled pump via scan tool. Bled cooling system and test drove vehicle. Inverter temp stayed steady.
 
Stan S. gave our service a 5 star review on 1/25/2022

2006 Scion xB

Scion xB

Mileage
56,228
Service Date
1/13/2022
Services Performed
  • Smog Test and Visual Inspection
  • State Issued Smog Certificate
  • State fee for electronic submission of smog inspection results.
 
Heather B. gave our service a 5 star review on 1/14/2022

2007 BMW M5

BMW M5

Mileage
56,031
Service Date
12/22/2021
Services Performed
  • Noted check engine light was off during initial inspection. Test drove vehicle. Connected scan tool and checked vehicle for codes. Found error code P0228 (thermostat monitoring) and code 279D (power management, closed circuit violation). Checked live data and found coolant not staying at operating temp. Suspect thermostat is stuck in open position. Recommend replacement of thermostat and checking coolant temp sensor for proper resistance. Also noted AC belt is cracked along length of belt. Recommend replacement of AC belt and checking pulleys and accessory belt for any issues. Power steering system has incorrect fluid present. Fluid is yellow and should be a minty green color. Wipers are torn, recommend replacement. Checked SMG control module for any codes. No codes pending, current, nor in history at this time. Transmission shifting normally at this time.
  • Removed engine covers, intake piping, and splash shields. Drained cooling system. Removed upper intake plenums. Disconnected radiator and cooling system hoses from thermostat housing. Removed thermostat housing from engine and disconnected rear coolant pipes. Cleaned mounting surfaces and sealing connections on coolant pipes. Installed new thermostat into housing. Installed new water pipe adapters. Reinstalled thermostat housing using original hardware. Installed banjo bolts with new washers. Reconnected coolant hoses and lines. Replaced oil return hose and reinstalled intake plenum. After completion of service items, filled and bled cooling system. Checked system for leaks. None present at this time. Reinstalled engine covers and splash shield. Test drove vehicle. No check engine light present. Rescanned vehicle. No error codes stored nor pending.
  • With engine covers removed for thermostat service, loosened tensioner for AC belt and removed damaged belt from vehicle. Spun pulleys by hand. Found tensioner and idler pulley rough. Removed accessory drive belt and checked those components. Belt is cracking, and pulleys are also rough. Recommend new tensioner and idler pulleys for both belts, and new belts. Removed idler pulleys and belt tensioners from engine. Installed new idler pulleys and new accessory belt tensioner pulley. Reinstalled accessory belt tensioner assembly. Installed new AC belt tensioner assembly. Routed new belts and installed both. Reinstalled air intake piping. Checked belts after test driving vehicle. Belts are ok, and no noise present from pulleys.
  • Replace cabin filter element. Reassemble filter housing and access panel.
  • Drained incorrect power steering fluid from reservoir. Cycled steering to drain old fluid from system while adding new power steering fluid. Test drove vehicle after completion of repairs. Topped off fluid.
  • Replace wiper blades on vehicle.
 
Robert G. gave our service a 5 star review on 12/23/2021

2019 Jeep Cherokee

Jeep Cherokee

Mileage
43,414
Service Date
12/3/2021
Services Performed
  • Check charging system for proper output to battery. Load test battery. Check all wiring. Inspect belt and adjust as required. Test for current draw on electrical system and record findings. Install new battery. Clean cable ends. Perform battery adaptation to vehicle as needed.
 
Hannah B. gave our service a 5 star review on 12/4/2021

2006 Mercedes-Benz C230

Mercedes-Benz C230

Mileage
111,864
Service Date
11/30/2021
Services Performed
  • Connected scan tool. Found multiple error codes for low voltage and lost communication from 15 out of 22 modules. Tested battery. Found battery low and in need of a recharge. Charged battery overnight and rechecked in the morning, battery passed load test and charging system working normally at this time. Cleared error codes and test drove vehicle.
  • 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.
 
RONALD G. L. gave our service a 5 star review on 12/3/2021