Welcome to Haik's German Autohaus
Serving the Santa Barbara area since 1979
Auto Repair and Service in Santa Barbara
We specialize in the repair and service of German cars.
Complexity of Modern Automotive Repair
Nearly every system in the modern car is electronically controlled with its own control unit (computer). Whether it is a comfort system, safety system or performance system, today’s automotive technology is very complex. While this complexity makes the modern car more comfortable, safer and gives it better handling, it makes modern auto repair much more involved and difficult. Today’s German car repair, whether Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, Audi, VW or Mini, requires an auto mechanic to be a master of electronics as well as a master of mechanics. At Haik’s we perform all repairs, including the most sophisticated electronic repairs and coding.
Choose Your Auto Mechanic Carefully
Because of the modern automotive complexity, It is more important than ever to choose the correct auto mechanic for your car. A specialist who has the greatest experience in your type of vehicle will know more specific details about your automobile, and will be far better equipped to handle the difficult repairs. He will also have the speciality equipment required.
By specializing in the six car German car lines, we offer more experience and knowledge of your German car. This familiarity translates into greater efficiency, more accurate diagnosis, more thorough repairs, quicker turn-around time and money-savings for you. At Haik’s we perform all repairs, including the most sophisticated electronic repairs and coding for your Mercedes Benz, BMW, Porsche, Audi, VW or Mini.
Automotive Maintenance = Services + Repairs
In the maintenance of an automobile, both services and repairs are necessary. Every system in the car should be serviced on a routine basis. Many systems are hydraulically operated and require lubrication, fluid changes and filter changes. Other systems require routine replacement of mechanical, electrical or ignition parts for proper maintenance of the vehicle.
A service has two parts—inspection and replacing certain service items. During the inspection portion, the entire vehicle should be inspected. This includes checking each system for wear, damage and leaks. If this routine inspection is not performed, and corrective repairs not made, there could be serious and expensive consequences as a result, such as a worn part breaking or a hydraulic unit running dry because of a leak.
Complete Auto Care for Your Entire Car
We offer all the necessary services and repairs to keep your car healthy and reliable. We view your vehicle in its entirety. Each system is important and should be maintained properly in order to provide you with safe and dependable transportation. When a part is worn to the point of needing replacement, it is good to heed the advice of your mechanic and have the repair performed. To this end, we provide everything necessary to maintain your German car, whether a Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, Audi, Volkswagen or Mini Cooper.
Auto Services We Provide
Engine Oil Change | Oil Service | Air Filter Replacement | Transmission Fluid and Filter Change | Car Inspection | Safety Check | Pre-Purchase Check | Coolant Change | Power Steering Flush | Brake Fluid Flush | Fuel Filter | Spark Plugs | Oxygen Sensors | Ignition Coils | And More…
Auto Repairs We Provide
Brake Repair | Air-Conditioning | Engine Repair | Transmission Repair | Suspension | Lighting | Check Engine Light | Electrical | Electronic | Computer Controls | Body | Chassis | Exhaust | Muffler | Catalytic Convertor | Oil Leaks | SRS Air Bag and Seat Belt | And More…
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Haik’s Custom Service Schedules
We offer three levels of custom service: Major, Mid-Level & Minor.
*For detailed information, please see our Services page
Today’s automobiles require high-level skills. They are sophisticated machines with state-of-the-art electronics and highly advanced automotive systems for engine, transmission, braking, adaptive chassis control—every system in the car. Servicing these automobiles requires electronic as well as mechanical skills. It also requires attention to detail and knowledge of the product.
At Haik’s German Autohaus, our knowledge and expertise is up to the task. There are no repairs or services we cannot perform, nor are any service or repair jobs too big or too small. We have the speciality tools required to maintain all models of Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, Audi, Mini and Volkswagen, including the latest models. To help diagnose electronic and mechanical failures, we use the finest computer scan tool money can buy. Every repair and service which leaves our shop is performed to factory specifications or beyond.
*For more information see Scan Tool on our Repairs page.
Check Engine Light
When the “Check Engine Light” is illuminated, it is a warning that a pollution-causing malfunction is occurring. The problem could be an engine running problem such as misfire caused by fuel, ignition or mechanical malfunctions, but there are certain pollution-causing events which are not engine-related and that will set the check engine light as well. The evaporative emission system or “evap” is responsible for preventing gasoline vapors from escaping the gas tank and entering the atmosphere. If a leak in the system is detected, the check engine light will come on. Another cause of check engine light, could be a failure in the exhaust system. If the catalytic converter does not properly burn excessive hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide, or if mechanical components to control NOX (oxides of nitrogen) do not operate properly, the check engine light will be set as well.
When a check engine light is lit, mechanics can interrogate the engine management computer and read the diagnostic trouble codes (DTC) stored there. Knowing the codes is only the first step. It gives the mechanic an idea in which system the failure has occurred. It does not usually pinpoint the source of the failure. There are literally hundreds of codes related to smog-system malfunctions.
For more information, see Repairs page and scroll down to “Check Engine Light.”
For your convenience, we provide basic or enhanced smog-testing.
Oil Change or Car Service?
As most automobile drivers have heard, an oil change is the simplest way to preserve their car. It is true that changing the engine oil on a routine basis is very important to the life of the engine and that neglecting it can lead to serious and expensive problems. There is a misconception with many people, however, that an oil change is all a car requires to stay healthy. This is far from the truth.
A car is a very complex piece of machinery. It is composed of many systems. An oil change is just that, an oil change. It does not address the entire vehicle. It does not address the many things which wear out and can go wrong with your car. Tires, brakes, fuel system, transmission, steering, and warning lights are just some of the sytems which need to be checked from time to time. If a car has been serviced properly, sometimes an oil change is all it needs. But it is important to know the difference between an oil change and a proper service.
A car service includes an oil change, but covers so much more. Depending on the service interval, a list of inspection items and service operations are performed. At bare minimum, a car service should always include a safety check of tires, brakes, exterior lights, fluid levels, belts, steering and any damage or wear which may cause the vehicle to fail.
A more extensive car service is performed at greater service intervals according to mileage and time. These services such as brake fluid flush, air filter and spark plug change, transmission fluid and filter change, and power steering flush are meant to preserve the longevity of the various components of the entire vehicle. Discuss your car servicing with your mechanic to determine the level of service your car requires.
We sell all brands of tires at low prices.
Specialty Electronic Tools Required
In order to diagnose electronic or mechanical failures of modern cars, speciality tools are required. Perhaps the most important is the scan tool (shop computer). No auto repair shop can operate effectively without one. The scan tool can interrogate each of the car’s computers and help locate the source of a problem. The scan tool we use is the AutoLogic. It is the best on the market.
Auto Body Dent Repair
Ask us about paintless dent removal.
Auto Body Bumper Repair
Ask us about bumper repair and painting without bumper removal.
When your headlight lenses become cloudy from exposure to UV, we can restore them to new condition. Come in and let us show you the beauty of renewed lenses and brighter headlights.
Speciality Tools for Every Job
Today's sophisticated cars require a lot of specialized tools. The high cost of tools makes it impossible for a general auto repair shop to buy every tool needed for every job. Specializing in only the six German car lines however, allows us to purchase all the specialty tools required to properly repair the six German car lines we service. Electronic scan tools and software are the most expensive of tools, but there are plenty of other mechanical tools required from camshaft holding fixtures to specialty bushing press tools.
Latest Technical Information
Online Information Service
No matter how skilled an auto mechanic is and how many tools he has at his disposal, it is impossible to work on a modern car without the proper information. Even a simple oil change requires information of specific oil required, viscosity and capacity. I find myself looking up oil specifications every time I do an oil change. Current information is essential, whether the job requires a specific type of testing or an overview of the system, we must look it up. For this purpose we use an online service called AllData. AllData purchases auto manufacturer information and resells it to the independent auto repair shops. They provide technical information, specifications, wiring diagrams, testing procedures, estimating times, service intervals, for every type of auto repair we perform. This expensive service is essential. We would be lost without accurate information. The day of the auto repair manual is gone. The vast volume of information on one car can no longer be effectively contained in a paper repair manual.
The Value of Accurate Information
In diagnosing an ABS failure on a BMW 325i, the trouble code read that the right rear wheel speed sensor (at the right rear wheel) was giving an improbable signal. If we had simply gone by the trouble code and replaced the sensor, we would have been disappointed. Using the technical information provided by an electrical wiring diagram, we saw that the two wires at the wheel sensor both led to the ABS control unit (computer). With other technical information provided on testing the wheel speed sensor, we determined whether the sensor was working or not. In this case, the sensor was working properly, despite the code. It was the ABS control unit (in the engine compartment) which was faulty and needed to be replaced.
Up-to-date information is essential. Information undergoes changes and updates for various reasons. When the Audi and Volkswagen 1.8T turbo engine came out in 1998, the oil recommended was a regular oil with a 5W30 viscosity. The engines ran into severe problems when the turbos cooked the engine oil and the particles clogged the oil pick-up tube to the oil pump, starving the engine of proper lubrication. Today that information has been revised. Volkswagen and Audi recommend that the 1.8T use synthetic oil with a 5W40 viscosity. Around 1995 to 1996 when most German car manufacturers came out with electronically controlled transmissions, Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, Audi, Volkswagen, all called their new synthetic transmission fluid a “lifetime” fluid which never needed changing. Due to the amount of premature transmission failures, they have all revised their claims and now recommend transmission fluid changes as frequent as every 40K miles. This updated information is vital.
Services & Repairs We Offer
We offer complete service and repair of your entire vehicle.
The following is a partial list of the most common services and repairs we provide. For more information see our Repairs page or our Services page.
For Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, Audi, Volkswagen and Mini, we offer such services and repairs as:
- ABS diagnosis and repair (anti-lock braking)
- Airbag service (SRS)
- Air spring replacement (suspension)
- Air filter change
- Alarm system repair
- Air conditioning recharge and repair
- Alternator replacement
- Battery replacement
- Belt replacement
- Body electronics
- Brake service
- Brake flush
- Brake repair
- Brake light
- Cabin filter change
- Car check Inspection
- Catalytic converter replacement
- Charging system repair
- Check engine light diagnosis and repair
- Chassis electronics
- Climate control repair
- Constant velocity service (CV joint)
- Control arm repair
- Convertible top repair
- Coolant leak repair
- Cooling system flush
- Diesel engine service
- Diesel engine repair
- Direct injection service
- Door lock repair
- Drive axle replacement
- Driveshaft replacement
- Electrical wiring repair
- Electrical harness replacement
- Engine diagnosis
- Engine electronics
- Engine service
- Engine overheating repair
- Engine repair
- Electronics and computer coding
- Evaporative emission system repair
- Exhaust system repair
- Filter changes
- Fluid changes
- Fuel injection repair and service
- Fuel pump replacement
- Headlight repair
- Heat system repair
- Inspection service
- Light bulb replacement
- Lighting repair
- Muffler replacement
- Oil change
- Oil leak repairs
- Oxygen sensor replacement
- Pollen filter change
- Power seat repair
- Power steering flush
- Power steering pump replacement
- Power steering rack replacement
- Power window regulator and motor replace
- Radiator replacement
- Seat belt diagnosis and repair (SRS)
- Shock absorber replacement
- Smog check
- Spark plug change
- SRS diagnosis and repair
- Starter replacement
- Steering repair
- Strut replacement (suspension)
- Suspension repair
- Tail light repair
- Thermostat replace
- Timing belt change
- Tire replacement
- Transmission service
- Transmission fluid and filter change
- Transmission repair
- Tune up
- Turn signal repair
- Vehicle inspection
- Water pump replacement
- Wheel bearing replacement
- Window lifter replacement
- and more…
We offer complete diagnostics of every system in your entire vehicle, engine, transmission, suspension, steering, exhaust, braking, body, chassis and electrical.
For more details see our Services page and/or our Repairs page.
*Or give us a call at 965-0975 for a free personal consultation.*
Our car check is a bumper-to-bumper inspection of the entire automobile. This means every system in the car is inspected, not just the engine, brakes and tires. Our inspection includes electrical, mechanical and hydraulic systems. This inspection can be for the purpose of buying, selling or just maintaining your vehicle. It is the same inspection we provide in our mid-level and major service when servicing an automobile. It takes approximately two hours.
*For a complete list of inspection items, see Inspection (Car Check) on our Services page.
Most car manufacturers will not reimburse independents for warranty work performed. However, any work for which the customer must pay (even during the warranty period) can be performed at Haik's German Autohaus without jeopardizing the car’s warranty.
Factory Recalls & Service Bulletins
We are familiar with all the factory recalls and service bulletins for the cars we repair and service. If a job comes to us which is covered under factory warranty, we will refer you to the local dealership of your particular vehicle for the free service, rather than charge you for the repair.
In as much as any auto repair shop can be responsible toward the environment and the community, Haik’s German Autohaus does its share. We believe in our planet and a clean, sustainable world.
We recycle as much as possible. Instead of filling the trash bin, we sort our discards carefully. We recycle metal auto parts and metal products to a recycling company which takes them to be melted and reused to make other products. Our plastic, glass and paper waste is recycled to our local trash company to be recycled and used for new products. Waste oil, coolant and other automotive fluids are picked up and sent to a hazardous waste recycling company to be cleaned and/or reused as fuel for shipping. Our batteries are sent to battery recyclers who use components of the worn out batteries to make new ones.
Degreasers and Cleaners
We do not want to add more poisons to our world which is in need of clean maintenance. We choose cleaners which are eco-friendly, even though the cost is considerably more. From floor cleaners to engine degreasers, we avoid dangerous and harsh chemicals which pollute our air and ground.
We are sensitive to the issue of clean water and do not pour pollutants down the drain or flush them into the sewer system. We also do not allow contaminated water to flow out to the street where it ends up in our streams and in the ocean. If there is a spill, we clean it and dispose of the waste with the proper methods.
Because of the drought and Santa Barbara’s severe water shortage we have taken steps to use as little water as possible.
Because of our attempts at preserving our environment, Haik’s German Autohaus was awarded a Clean Water Award from the city of Santa Barbara.