About Us

San Diego Heavy Truck & Equipment Repair, Inc.

(formerly George's Mobile Service & Repair)

We are your high quality, affordable, dealership alternative heavy truck and equipment repair shop in East County San Diego. We specialize in semi-truck repair and diesel service on heavy trucks and equipment.

SDHTER is Your Dealership Alternative

Our mechanics love what they do and because of that they do it well.

We are your "dealership alternative" and we are approachable! You can come to our shop and speak directly to the mechanic – We have one phone number, and you can reach us at any time.

About George

George is a born mechanic.

George started his business in 1988 as George's Marine Service. He worked primarily on large yachts and commercial sport fishing boats until he broke away from that side of the diesel business and decided to work primarily on heavy trucks and equipment.

We service and repair all types of equipment, trucks, trailers, forklifts, boom trucks, etc
San Diego Heavy Truck & Equipment Repair, Inc. services and repairs all types of equipment and trucks, trailers, forklifts, boom trucks, etc.
State of California SMOKE TEST CCDET Certified

We are a State of California PSIP and HD I/M Certified facility.


Why Choose Us?

Here's a story from one of our happy customers...

I had an emergency, needing a place to park a truck and trailer until the new buyer picked it up from Canada. An acquaintance of mine suggested George, the owner of San Diego Heavy Truck and Equipment Repair in Lakeside. They immediately accommodated me and made space for my full sized custom racing semi trailer and long wheelbase tractor. During the 2-3 weeks that my rig was there, I discovered how much more they could do for someone that owns heavy equipment...from IFTA/DOT inspections on heavy trucks to maintenance, repair and fabrication on trucks, trailers and every imaginable piece of heavy equipment you can imagine, this is the "go to" place! Their prices are reasonable and fair. Their knowledge is extensive and their work is done right. They are also friendly to deal with. I always feel that they genuinely care about my needs.

- Don Swanson, Owner, Don Swanson Racing Enterprises
Founder of the Southern California and San Diego Ford Club

We are sometimes a last resort! Don't wait!

Main Services

San Diego Heavy Truck & Equipment Repair, Inc. services and repairs all types of equipment and trucks, trailers, forklifts, boom trucks, and more.

Semi Truck Repair

Truck Repair

With our semi and heavy truck repair, we specialize in having quality mechanics who are able to handle any job at any time. Our mechanics love what they do and because of that, they do it well!

Diesel Truck Maintenance Service

Truck Maintenance

Maintenance is the key to having a truck running smoothly. We cannot always know what the future will bring - having your truck or equipment serviced on a routine schedule will help to reduce many costly surprises.

diesel particulate filter DPF Maintenance Services

DPF Maintenance

A diesel particulate filter (DPF) is a device designed to remove diesel particulate matter or soot from the exhaust gas of a diesel engine. This is an important area of maintenance to keep your semi truck in tip-top shape!

Heavy Truck Computer Diagnostics

Computer Diagnostics

These are so important these days and we don’t only have just the ONE program your dealership uses, we have access to most of the major software diagnostic programs! We can program almost anything you might need.

Yearly BIT/CHP Inspections

Quarterly BIT/CHP Inspections

Regular inspections are typically required if you are enrolled in the CHP's BIT program. We will perform your inspection and provide you with an inspection result form and/or your annual inspection sticker.

Diesel Maintenance Service & Inspection Reminders

Maintenance & Inspection Reminders

Regular inspections are typically required if you are enrolled in the CHP's BIT program. We will notify you by email when it's time to make your next appointment.

Don't Miss Out

Don't waste any more time or money by going back to the dealership for your truck repair or service. We're here for you! Trust our family to take care of yours.

More Services

We work on all types of heavy equipment and semi trucks, trailers, forklifts, boom trucks, and more! Here are only a few of the services that we offer...call to ask about your needs today!

Semi Truck & Trailer Repairs and Welding

Computer Diagnostics & Troubleshooting

Air Conditioning Repairs & Replacement

Transmission Repairs & Replacement

Diesel Engine Repairs & Replacement

Differential Repairs & Replacement

Certified PSIP and HD I/M Testing

Smoke Opacity Testing

Heavy Duty I/M Services

Updates & News

Keeping you up-to-date with the latest news, alerts, mandates and recommendations.

January 2023

Welcome to 2023 and all the new CA rules that CARB sprung upon us!

CARB is an entity that monitors the air quality in our glorious state of CA. Here is a breakdown of what is to come in 2023 and 2024.

CARB has also issued a new, one-page fact sheet that describes HD I/M program basics and vehicle owner responsibilities for 2023:

HD I/M Regulation: Vehicle Owner Basics (12/09/22)

Opacity testing is now required two times a year.

An Opacity Test tests the emissions on all Diesel vehicles over 14,000lbs. It is like a SMOG test, but for Diesel vehicles.

EXCEPTIONS:
  • Diesel Motorhomes registered in CA (1x year)
  • Agricultural vehicles (1x year)

The following vehicles are EXCLUDED FROM HD I/M Regulations and Opacity testing:

  • Zero-emissions HD vehicles
  • Motorhomes registered OUTSIDE of CA
  • New vehicles, less than 4 years old

Starting in July 2023, EVERY Diesel vehicle over 14,000lbs will be required to pay a $30 fee, per vehicle, per year to CARB.

This is considered a “Reporting and Compliance fee”. You will need to create an account to identify the vehicles that are part of your fleet. Your compliance fees will be paid through a vehicle owners account page on an annual basis.

Call us today to have your vehicle(s) tested.

CARB has also issued a new, one-page fact sheet that describes HD I/M program basics and vehicle owner responsibilities for 2023:

HD I/M Regulation: Vehicle Owner Basics (12/09/22)

Vehicles older than 2013 are required to have an opacity test 2x a year along with an HD I/M inspection of the vehicle. IF the vehicle has a check engine light, it is an immediate failure. This data is sent by us to CARB.

Vehicles 2013 and newer are required to have an OBD plug in test 2x a year. This information is sent directly to CARB through a cloud portal. CARB will send us the PASS/FAIL. We do not have control of the outcomes. This could take up to 72hrs for results. Coming in 2027, OBD plug in test will be 4x a year. Motorhomes and Ag vehicles will continue to be 1x a year.

The dates required for the OBD or Opacity Testing is based on two factors:

  • CA registered vehicles are based on the month and date of their registration renewal.
  • OUT of state registered vehicles are based on the last digit of their VIN.

We are here to help you with your testing in any way we can.

All of our technicians are certified smoke opacity testers who can to handle your fleet PSIP testing needs.

We will make certain your results are properly submitted and keep a digital record on file for your future compliance needs. We want to make the process as easy as possible moving forward.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to answer any questions you may have – and if we do not have the answer, we will gladly get it for you.