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We are now open normal business hours and ready to serve you during these difficult times. Our staff has intensified our cleaning program to provide a clean, healthy environment for our customers and employees. Call us at (805) 541-1464 if you have any questions, or to schedule your next visit. Thank you for trusting us with your vehicles.
1101 Laurel Ln
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

1101 Laurel Ln
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

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Welcome to Continental Motor Works

Premium Automotive Service in San Luis Obispo, CA

If you’re looking for auto repair in San Luis Obispo, CA, you’ve found us. Here at Continental Motor Works we work hard to earn your trust and loyalty. We know how important it is to find a San Luis Obispo car service you can rely on, so your satisfaction is our top priority each and every day.

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 San Luis Obispo, we are totally confident that Continental Motor Works is the best option in town!

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Continental Motor Works
1101 Laurel Ln
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 541-1464
Mon-Fri: 7:30am-5:30pm
Sat-Sun: Closed
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Continental Motor Works
1101 Laurel Ln
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 541-1464
Mon-Fri: 7:30am-5:30pm
Sat-Sun: Closed
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Why Choose Continental Motor Works

For nearly 40 years Continental Motor Works has been the local auto repair shop that you can trust.

Our focus has always been providing our friends and neighbors with dependable, trustworthy auto repairs. Whether you need a minor tune-up or a major overhaul, our trained service technicians can quickly diagnose problems and zero in on remedies; saving you valuable time and money.

Our cutting-edge diagnostic technology combined with the real-world experience of our ASE Certified Master Technicians, means we are able to get your car back on the road in less time than it takes other shops to simply figure out what’s wrong!

And, because of our ongoing training and certification, Continental Motor Works can offer you an affordable alternative to dealership pricing on almost any make and model vehicle made.

  • Smog checks, air conditioning, check engine lights
    … just part of our expertise
  • 36 Month/36,000 Mile Warranty
  • Supervised by Owners/Master Mechanics,
    John Fiorentino and Jaines Coloma
  • 2009-2010 AAA Quality service Award and Outstanding Member
  • Serving San Luis Obispo, CA for nearly 40 years

LONG-TERM BUSINESS

​John Fiorentino and Jaines Coloma, owners of Continental Motor Works and Jeff Spevack, the founder, feel strongly about being goods neighbors and in giving back to their San Luis Obispo community.

The following is a partial list of organizations that benefit from regular donations from the crew at Continental Motor Works:

  • Stand Strong SLO- we provide service for their vehicles
  • Donations to San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden
  • Donations to Transitions Mental Health
  • SLO High School Band – We participate in their fundraisers

About Continental Motor Works

John Fiorentino and Jaines Coloma went into business together in 2018 and purchased this small town shop from previous owner Jeff Spevack who opened Continental Motor Works in 1983. Our focus has always been providing our friends and neighbors with dependable, trustworthy auto repairs. Whether you need a minor tune-up or a major overhaul, our trained service technicians can quickly diagnose problems and zero in on remedies; saving you valuable time and money.

We are passionate about fixing cars and keeping customers confident in the safety and reliability of their vehicles. We strive to give our customers a positive experience, where vehicle maintenance and repair is as stress-free as possible. We even serve free popcorn!

The Absolute Best Car Service in San Luis Obispo, CA

What sets Continental Motor Works apart from all of the others in San Luis Obispo, CA?

Trust: When it comes to auto repair in San Luis Obispo, CA, 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 Continental Motor Works, 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 San Luis Obispo auto repair table.

Time: We take the time we need to provide you with top quality car service in San Luis Obispo, CA, 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

2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Mileage
104,999
Service Date
3/4/2021
Services Performed
  • HOOKED UP SCAN TOOL AND RETRIEVED CODE #P0301 WHICH IS A CYLINDER #1 MISSFIRE. FURTHER TESTING FOUND THAT WE WERE GETTING AN ERRATIC READING WHEN CHECKING VACUUM, AND THAT CYLINDER #1 WOULD LOSE PRESSURE WHEN PERFORMING A LEAK DOWN TEST. ALL OTHER CYLINDERS CHECKED OKAY, FUEL AND IGNITION SYSTEMS TESTED OKAY. REMOVED DRIVER'S SIDE, OR BANK #1 CYLINDER HEAD, AND SENT TO MACHINE SHOP. MACHINE SHOP TESTED AND FOUND #1 CYLINDER TO BE LEAKING FROM THE INTAKE VALVE. DISASSEMBLED AND FOUND #1 CYLINDER INTAKE VALVE TO BE BURNT. REPLACED VALVE, GROUND ALL VALVES AND SEATS, AND RETESTED. CYLINDER DID NOT LEAK ANYMORE. RESURFACED CYLINDER HEAD AND RETURNED TO US. WE REASSEMBLED WITH 4 NEW PUSHRODS, AND TWO NEW LIFTERS. ENGINE RAN MUCH BETTER, BUT WOULD STILL GET A #1 CYLINDER MISSFIRE CODE AFTER DRIVING APPROX. 10 MILES. THROUGH MORE TESTING AND RESEARCH WE FOUND THAT THE CAMSHAFT WAS SUSPECT. REMOVED CAMSHAFT AND FOUND 5 DAMAGED LOBES. REPLACED CAMSHAFT AND 5 MORE LIFTERS. REASSEMBLED, AND RETESTED. ENGINE RUNS VERY WELL NOW. TEST DROVE UP AND OVER GRADE, AND APPROX. 30 MILES. RECHECKED AND EVERYTHING IS RUNNING WELL, AND MISSFIRE CODE IS NOT COMING BACK.
  • SET TO 35 PSI
  • CUT HEADS, PERFORM A VALVE JOB, AND REPLACE #1 CYLINDER EXHAUST VALVE
  • GASOLINE
 
CARLOS L. gave our service a 5 star review on 3/4/2021

2013 Toyota Highlander

Toyota Highlander

Mileage
106,097
Service Date
2/24/2021
Services Performed
  • CHANGE ENGINE OIL AND FILTER. LUBRICATE ALL CHASSIS FITTINGS. PERFORM COMPLETE SAFETY INSPECTION INCLUDING, STEERING, SUSPENSION, BRAKING, FUEL, COOLING, EXHAUST , AND LIGHTING SYSTEMS. TEST DRIVE FOR PERFORMANCE.
  • SET TO 35 PSI
 
CHARLES D. gave our service a 5 star review on 2/25/2021

2004 Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Santa Fe

Mileage
193,863
Service Date
2/19/2021
Services Performed
  • CHANGE ENGINE OIL AND FILTER. LUBRICATE ALL CHASSIS FITTINGS. PERFORM COMPLETE SAFETY INSPECTION INCLUDING, STEERING, SUSPENSION, BRAKING, FUEL, COOLING, EXHAUST , AND LIGHTING SYSTEMS. TEST DRIVE FOR PERFORMANCE.
  • SET TO 35 PSI
  • TECHNICIAN HOOKED VEHICLE UP TO SCAN TOOL AND RETRIEVED TROUBLE CODES RELATING TO THE WHEEL SPEED SENSOR: C1200, C1201, C1202, C1208, AND C1211. WE WILL NEED TO DIAGNOSE THE CONCERN FURTHER
 
JOSE LUIS F. gave our service a 5 star review on 2/19/2021

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350

Mercedes-Benz SLK350

Mileage
55,272
Service Date
2/19/2021
Services Performed
  • PASSED
  • SET TO 35 PSI
 
JIM W. gave our service a 5 star review on 2/19/2021

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

Nissan Rogue Sport

Mileage
23,752
Service Date
2/19/2021
Services Performed
  • CHANGE ENGINE OIL AND FILTER, LUBRICATE CHASSIS FITTINGS, ROTATE TIRES AND PERFORM BRAKE INSPECTION. COMPLETE SAFETY INSPECTION INCLUDING SUSPENSION, STEERING, EXHAUST, COOLING, FUEL, AND LIGHTING SYSTEMS. SERVICE AND TEST BATTERY. TOP OFF ALL FLUIDS. ROAD TEST FOR VEHICLE PERFORMANCE.
  • SET TO 35 PSI
  • THIS PLAN INCLUDES TWO SERVICES PERFORMED EVERY 6 MONTHS. ONE #1 SERVICE, AND ONE #2 SERVICE.
 
LINDA F. gave our service a 5 star review on 2/19/2021

2016 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500

Mileage
78,125
Service Date
2/12/2021
Services Performed
  • REMOVED FRONT WHEELS AND REMOVED THE WORN OUT BRAKE PADS AND ROTORS. DESCALED WHEEL HUB AND LUBRICATED CALIPER CARRIERS AND SLIDE PINS. TOPPED BRAKE FLUID AND BLED THE SYSTEM OF AIR. CHECKED FOR LEAKS – OK. TEST DROVE VEHICLE AND RECHECKED FOR LEAKS – OK. VEHICLE DRIVES GREAT.
  • SET REAR TIRE PRESSURE TO 70 PSI
  • TECHNICIAN ROTATED TIRES
 
TOM B. gave our service a 5 star review on 2/13/2021

2004 Mitsubishi Eclipse

Mitsubishi Eclipse

Mileage
246,535
Service Date
2/10/2021
Services Performed
  • REMOVED DEFECTIVE EGR SOLENOID THAT WAS PUT IN ON 08/05/2020 @ 240,356 AND INSTALLED A NEW EGR SOLENOID. RETESTED THE SYSTEM AND IT IS WORKING PROPERLY NOW.
  • SET TO 35 PSI
  • TECHNICIAN HOOKED VEHICLE UP TO SCAN TOOL AND RETRIEVED TROUBLE CODE P0401: EGR INCORRECT FLOW. WE JUST REPLACED THE EGR SOLENOID ON 08/05/2020 @ 240,356. TESTED THE EGR VALVE SOLENOID AND IT IS NOT WORKING. WE INSPECTED THE EGR SOLENOID AND THE PART IS DEFECTIVE. WE WILL NEED TO INSTALL ANOTHER EGR VALVE SOLENOID UNDER WARRANTY. CUSTOMER APPROVED REPLACEMENT OF EGR VALVE SOLENOID.
 
J.D. M. gave our service a 5 star review on 2/11/2021

2007 Volkswagen Rabbit

Volkswagen Rabbit

Mileage
172,665
Service Date
2/10/2021
Services Performed
  • SET TO 35 PSI
  • TECHNICIAN INSPECTED THE VEHICLE TO VERIFY ANOTHER MECHANICS INSPECTION. THE BELT FOR THE A/C IS OK. THE DRIVE BELT FOR THE ALTERNATOR/WATER PUMP IS CRACKING. WE REPLACED THE BELT WITH A NEW BELT PER CUSTOMER APPROVAL, 02/10/2021 @ 10am. BOTH RIGHT AND LEFT CV AXLES BOOTS ARE TORN. THE LEFT SIDE IS SEEPING A LITTLE GREASE. THE LEFT SIDE IS NOT SEEPING GREASE YET. TECHNICIAN INSPECTED THE OIL LEAK AND IT APPEARS TO BE COMING FROM THE OIL FILTER ADAPTER HOUSING. THE GASKETS OF THE OIL FILTER ADAPTER HOUSING NEED TO BE REPLACED. THE HOOD STRUT IS LEAKING AND DOES NOT ALLOW THE HOOD TO STAY OPENED. WE REPLACED IT WITH A NEW HOOD STRUT PER CUSTOMER APPROVAL, 02/10/2021 @ 10am. THE HOOD STAYS OPEN NOW AS DESIGNED.
 
AUDREY V. gave our service a 5 star review on 2/10/2021

2006 Porsche Cayman

Porsche Cayman

Mileage
43,916
Service Date
1/29/2021
Services Performed
  • AFTER COMPLETING MULTIPLE DRIVE CYCLES, WE WERE ABLE TO GET THE MONITORS TO SET. RETESTED AND CAR PASSED SMOG.
  • SET TO 35 PSI
  • SMOG INSPECTION STATUS: MONITORS NOT READY: EVAPORATIVE SYSTEM MONITOR, OXYGEN SENSOR MONITOR AND SECONDARY AIR SYSTEM MONITOR. CUSTOMER WILL NEED TO DRIVE THE VEHICLE 2 WEEK TO A MONTH OF VARIED DRIVING AND THEN COME BACK FOR A RETEST.
 
DOMINIC S. gave our service a 5 star review on 2/8/2021

2011 Kia Rio

Kia Rio

Mileage
110,738
Service Date
2/5/2021
Services Performed
  • CHANGE ENGINE OIL AND FILTER. LUBRICATE ALL CHASSIS FITTINGS. PERFORM COMPLETE SAFETY INSPECTION INCLUDING, STEERING, SUSPENSION, BRAKING, FUEL, COOLING, EXHAUST , AND LIGHTING SYSTEMS. TEST DRIVE FOR PERFORMANCE.
  • SET TO 35 PSI
  • TECHNICIAN COULD NOT DUPLICATE CUSTOMER CONCERN OF NOISE FROM THE FRONT END OF VEHICLE. PUT VEHICLE ON LIFT TO FURTHER INSPECT AND FOUND THE BRAKE PADS WERE QUITE WORN OUT. RECOMMEND TO CUSTOMER TO REPLACE THE FRONT BRAKE PADS AND ROTORS. CUSTOMER APPROVED REPLACING FRONT BRAKE PADS AND ROTORS. TECHNICIAN ALSO NOTED THAT THE SERPENTINE BELT IS CRACKING AND SHOULD BE REPLACED. CUSTOMER APPROVED REPLACING THE CRACKING SERPENTINE BELT.
  • TECHNICIAN REMOVED THE WORN OUT FRONT BRAKE PADS AND ROTORS. DESCALED WHEEL HUBS AND LUBRICATED THE CALIPER CARRIERS AND SLIDE PINS. BLED THE BRAKE FLUID OF AIR AND CHECKED FOR LEAKS – OK. TEST DROVE THE VEHICLE AND RECHECKED FOR LEAKS – OK. VEHICLE DRIVES GREAT.
  • TECHNICIAN REMOVED TWO CRACKED BELTS AND REPLACED THEM. THE ALTERNATOR BELT WAS IN GOOD SHAPE, MUST HAVE BEEN REPLACED PREVIOUSLY.
 
MIKE M. gave our service a 5 star review on 2/5/2021

2018 Honda Accord

Honda Accord

Mileage
35,201
Service Date
2/5/2021
Services Performed
  • CHANGE ENGINE OIL AND FILTER. LUBRICATE ALL CHASSIS FITTINGS. PERFORM COMPLETE SAFETY INSPECTION INCLUDING, STEERING, SUSPENSION, BRAKING, FUEL, COOLING, EXHAUST , AND LIGHTING SYSTEMS. TEST DRIVE FOR PERFORMANCE.
  • COMPLETELY FLUSH BRAKE FLUID AT THE BLEEDER SCREWS. TEST DRIVE TO CHECK PERFORMANCE AND INSPECT AFTER TEST DRIVE FOR ANY LEAKS.
  • REMOVED DIRTY ENGINE AND CABIN AIR FILTERS AND INSTALLED NEW FILTERS.
  • SET TO 35 PSI
  • TECHNICIAN DRAINED THE TRANSMISSION FLUID FROM THE VEHICLE AND FILLED IT WITH FRESH, CLEAN TRANSMISSION FLUID. CHECKED FOR LEAKS – OK. TEST DROVE THE VEHICLE – OK. VEHICLE DRIVES GREAT.
 
LYNN R. gave our service a 5 star review on 2/5/2021

2004 Chevrolet Silverado

Chevrolet Silverado

Mileage
159,203
Service Date
2/4/2021
Services Performed
  • CHANGE ENGINE OIL AND FILTER. LUBRICATE ALL CHASSIS FITTINGS. PERFORM COMPLETE SAFETY INSPECTION INCLUDING, STEERING, SUSPENSION, BRAKING, FUEL, COOLING, EXHAUST , AND LIGHTING SYSTEMS. TEST DRIVE FOR PERFORMANCE.
  • SET TO 35 PSI
  • TECHNICIAN DRAINED THE COOLANT FROM THE WATER PUMP DRAIN PORT. REMOVED THE BOLTS FROM THE WATER PUMP COVER AND FASTENED THE SPECIAL TOOL TO KEEP THE TIMING. REMOVED THE LEAKING WATER PUMP AND INSTALLED THE NEW WATER PUMP WITH NEW GASKETS AND O-RINGS. FILLED THE VEHICLE BACK UP WITH COOLANT AND BLED THE COOLING SYSTEM OF AIR. CHECKED FOR LEAKS – OK. TEST DROVE THE VEHICLE AND RECHECKED FOR LEAKS – OK. VEHICLE DRIVES GREAT.
  • TECHNICIAN HOOKED VEHICLE UP TO SCAN TOOL AND THE DATA LINK CONNECTOR WAS NOT WORKING. CHECKED FUESES AND FOUND THE FUSE WAS MISSING. INSTALLED A 15a FUSE AND THE DATA LINK CONNECTOR IS NOW WORKING. RETRIEVED TROUBLE CODES P0455: EVAPORATIVE EMISSIONS SYSTEM LARGE LEAK AND P0650: MIL MALFUNCTION. PINPOINT TESTING FOUND THE PURGE VALVE SOLENOID HAS FAILED. CUSTOMER APPROVED REPLACING THE FAILED PURGE VALVE SOLENOID, 02/04/2021 @ 11am.
  • TECHNICIAN REMOVED THE FAILED PURGE VALVE SOLENOID AND INSTALLED A NEW PURGE VALVE SOLENOID. CLEARED TROUBLE CODES AND TEST DROVE THE VEHICLE AFTER ALL REPAIRS AND SERVICES WERE COMPLETE. VEHICLE DRIVES GREAT AND THERE IS NO MORE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT AT THIS TIME.
  • TECHNICIAN REMOVED THE FRONT WHEELS, FRONT BRAKE CALIPERS, FRONT WORN OUT BRAKE PADS AND ROTORS AS WELL AS THE FRONT, LEFT WORN OUT WHEEL HUB ASSEMBLY. INSTALLED THE NEW FRONT, LEFT WHEEL HUB AND DESCALED THE RIGHT SIDE WHEEL HUB AND LUBRICATED BOTH FRONT CALIPER CARRIERS AND SLIDE PINS. INSTALLED NEW FRONT BRAKE ROTORS AND PADS AND BLED THE BRAKE FLUID OF AIR. CHECKED FOR LEAKS – OK. TEST DROVE THE VEHICLE AND RECHECKED FOR LEAKS – OK. VEHICLE DRIVES GREAT AND THERE IS NO MORE SQUEAKING.
  • UPON ARRIVAL, TECHNICIAN NOTICED THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT WAS ON. CUSTOMER APPROVED DIAGNOSIS OF CHECK ENGINE LIGHT, 02/04/2021 @ 9:05am. TECHNICIAN NOTICED THAT THE DASH INFO INDICATED THAT THE VEHICLE IS DUE FOR AN OIL SERVICE. CUSTOMER APPROVED OIL CHANGE OVER THE PHONE, 02/04/2021 @ 10:24am. WHILE TEST DRIVING THE VEHICLE TECHNICIAN NOTICED A SQUEAKING NOISE FROM THE FRONT LEFT WHEEL. PUT VEHICLE ON LIFT AND FOUND THE WHEEL BEARING/HUB WAS DAMAGED AND HAD SO MUCH PLAY THAT IT DAMAGED THE FRONT LEFT BRAKE ROTOR. WE RECOMMENDED TO THE CUSTOMER TO REPLACE THE WORN OUT FRONT LEFT WHEEL HUB ASSEMBLY AS WELL AS REPLACING THE FRONT BRAKE PADS AND ROTORS. CUSTOMER APPROVED, 02/04/2021 @ 11am.TECHNICIAN NOTICED THAT THE WATER PUMP IS LEAKING. CUSTOMER APPROVED OF REPLACING THE LEAKING WATER PUMP, 02/04/2021 @ 1pm.
 
PATRICK P. gave our service a 5 star review on 2/4/2021

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Continental Motor Works
1101 Laurel Ln
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 541-1464