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Henderson Automotive
982 17th Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 464-8667
Business Hours
Mon:     8 AM - 4 PM
Tue:      8 AM - 4 PM
Wed:     8 AM - 4 PM
Thu:      8 AM - 4 PM
Fri:        8 AM - 4 PM
Sat:       By appointment only
Sun:      Closed

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Mechanics often perform services like checking your radiator, alternator, and catalytic converter for any major damages as well as perform basic tune-ups. They can also do more elaborate jobs, like fixing a broken-down engine or installing new parts. A skilled auto repair mechanic will also be able to detect potential issues before they turn into big problems, such as replacing a loose timing belt. As they say in medicine, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and this is also true in the automotive world. If your check engine light is on, there might be a problem with your oxygen sensor and you’ll need to schedule a visit to your local mechanic. If you’re in Santa Cruz, CA, you can find an honest and reliable auto repair shop at Henderson Automotive with all of the above skills. 


Some of the services we provide include:

  • Factory Scheduled Maintenance

  • Transmission Repair

  • Computer Engine Diagnostics

  • Timing Belts and Hoses

  • Air Conditioning and Heating Repair

  • Filter Replacements

  • Catalytic Converters

  • Exhaust System Repair

  • Battery Services

Please give us a call at 831-464-8667 to schedule an appointment.

Shown below are photos of a timing belt replacement we provided on an Audi




Every car needs a regular scheduled maintenance trip to the auto mechanic for a tune up. If you are in need of auto repair, this needs to get taken care of immediately. The engine is designed to be the power plant and mechanically or electrically produce power to ultimately move your car down the street. Not taking care of your engine, could lead to unnecessary repair. Proper maintenance over time will reduce repair bills in the long run.  


In order to find out if your vehicle may need maintenance or repair, look out for any automobile sounds or noises that seem out of the ordinary, as well as oil and coolant leaks. When parts to your engine leak, you run a high risk of overheating or starving the engine for oil pressure. Oil changes and tune ups keep it running smoothly. You can always stop by Henderson Automotive in Santa Cruz, CA so our team can run engine diagnostics to pinpoint if any problems may exist.




A regular oil change should be done to keep the mechanical parts of your engine from prematurely failing and it prolongs the life of a gasoline or diesel type of engine. Most vehicle manufacturers recommend changing the oil once a year or every 7,500 miles in a passenger car and light truck gas engines. Call Henderson Automotive today for quality oil changes and brakes in Santa Cruz, CA.




It is imperative you keep your brakes in top shape. You never know when you might unexpectedly hit traffic and have to make a sudden stop. Having them go out could cause a serious accident. Our professional opinion is that brake service should be inspected at least once a year, especially if you commute often and take long road trips.

We also recommend you get brake service if there is a low or spongy brake pedal, hard brake pedal, the check engine light stays on, or you continuously hear squealing or grinding sounds when pressing it. Our technicians here at Henderson Automotive in Santa Cruz, CA understand the brake system; from the drum models to disc models and electronic anti-lock brake sensors, brake pedals to hydraulic brake fluid, and brake master cylinder to power brake booster. So call us today and we’ll make sure you are up and going in no time.




Welding is often used on cars in order to replace or refit metal sheets that have suffered damage or fallen off the chassis. It’s obviously a job that requires a lot of training and skill to do safely, so you shouldn’t try it at home.


It can also be used to create or modify a custom machine. A welder will be able to install doors or floors from other kinds of vehicles in order to make just the kind of custom car that you want. You can get onsite welding services by contacting our skilled mechanics at Henderson Automotive in Santa Cruz, CA.