Merrill Automotive is currently open for business to assist our community. We are taking extra precautions, limiting person to person contact inside the shop and with customers and vendors as much as possible. We are cleaning and disinfecting much more frequently than we normally do. Additionally, to make it easy for our customers we are available through Email, Texting, our Digital Inspection Platform, and of course on the Phone. Please reach-out to us if you have any questions or need help with your Vehicle repair and maintenance, we are here for you!

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Alignment Near Me

Alignment Near Me

Alignment Near Me! Learning about Vehicle Alignments for Cars, Trucks and SUVs in Lakewood, Colorado How is an alignment done at Merrill Automotive? At Merrill Automotive in Lakewood, Colorado we use Hunter Engineering Alignment Machines.  These are the best and most trusted alignment machines available.  We drive the Car through our test loop to see if there is any unusual characteristics with Steering or Suspension handling.  Following the test drive, we pull the Vehicle into the shop and onto a lift.  Raise the vehicle and inspect the Front-End Suspension and Steering C components.  Then check the Rear End of the Car for issues or problems.  After verifying everything is in good condition, including the Tires.  We install the Alignment heads on the Car, one at each wheel.  Even if the rear of the Vehicle isn’t adjustable, we install heads on all four wheels.  The front and the rear of the Vehicle ... read more

Golden & Merrill Automotive: A History

Golden & Merrill Automotive: A History

Golden: A Hub of Colorado History Golden is a small city west of Denver and Lakewood, located at the mouth of Clear Creek. This town is best known for the Coors Brewery and the Colorado School of Mines. In 1859, with the discovery of gold in Clear Creek thousands of miners came to the area. Because of this, the local Ute, Arapahoe and Cheyenne Native Americans who lived in the foothills for generations moved out. Golden became a supply center for miners going into the mountains and a transportation hub for wagons. This was very important to their early success like agriculture, mining, and manufacturing. In 1870, Golden had a cigar factory, a glass plant, a candy factory, a paper mill, stone quarries, many smelters, flour mills, and several local coal mines. When Colorado Central Railroad reached Golden, the city became the gateway to the Rocky Mountains. Golden got its name from an early settler and miner, Tom Golden. A German immigrant, Adolph Coors, and his partner started the Co ... read more

Lakewood & Merrill Automotive: A History

Lakewood & Merrill Automotive: A History

Lakewood & Our People About 50 years ago in 1969, the City of Lakewood incorporated. The people of Lakewood worked together to build schools and make other civic improvements. There were several unsuccessful attempts to incorporate it. As fears of annexation to Denver and the lack of law enforcement loomed over residents, Lakewood was finally able to incorporate in 1969. Jim Richey, Chairman of the Citizens for Incorporation, and residents drew up plans on his basement ping pong table. The name Lakewood came long before that in 1889, from William Loveland, Owner of the Colorado Central Railroad, and Charles Welch. Loveland and Welch wanted to retire in this community west of Denver along Colfax Avenue. This was the place to be for wealthy residents of Denver to locate their summer estates. When they built the first electric tramway, the population in Lakewood boomed. The tramway referred to as the W line or “Loop” was 12.1 miles of rail that ran between Denver, Lakewo ... read more

About Trailers, Campers, 5th Wheels and RVs

About Trailers, Campers, 5th Wheels and RVs

If you have a new or used Trailer, Camper or Recreational Vehicle (RV) we are your go-to Repair facility. Our large Shop can accommodate the extra height and weight associated with Recreation Vehicles. Merrill Automotive in Lakewood has an oversized lift to help our skilled Mechanics safely work on your toys. A couple of common styles of RVs are Class C and Class B - smaller configuration. A Class B that we work often can be a Mercedes Benz Sprinter chassis. These are gaining in popularity and known for being dependable. One of our customers ... read more

Stopping Your Vehicle Brief Information About Brakes

Stopping Your Vehicle Brief Information About Brakes

It doesn’t matter what your vehicle is equipped with, our brake services in Lakewood can help ensure your braking system is performing it’s best. Brake systems on most modern vehicles include three main components.  The rotors which are the round metal discs, calipers which straddle the rotors and squeeze the final part – brake pads.  The calipers squeeze pads onto the rotors which creates friction, slowing the vehicle down.  The bigger the rotors and pads the more friction.  Some sports cars and high-performance vehicles have calipers with multiple pistons.  The thinking here is more pistons equals more pressure, which realizes more friction and faster stopping.  In addition to the number of pistons on the caliper the rotor design can vary.  Some rotors are slotted, some drilled.  Occasionally rotors are both drilled and slotted.  These holes and groves in the rotor help move and dissipate heat.  The faster a rotor a ... read more

Helping Others with Automotive Repair

Helping Others with Automotive Repair

It's the holiday season, for which everyone is aware.  A time when busy life is sent into overdrive.  Take a regular week and pack several more events along with shopping trips and spending.  We all know the holidays are hectic.  Let's try to be aware of this, not dwelling on the chaos but focused on the benefits.  Seeing friends and family that aren't always in the picture.  Meeting new people in unexpected ways.  Watching children in total amazement of the magic this season brings.  For us in Colorado, January only brings colder days and tax season.  We should cherish December while we can, it's fleeting.     This is also a time for donations.  There are toy drives and telethons, events and parties to celebrate giving.  Merrill Automotive works with Toys for Tots, a Marine Corps Reserve run organization.  This is a fun way to collect toys for children who's parents can't aff ... read more

Local Automotive Repair & Maintenance Facility

Local Automotive Repair & Maintenance Facility

Hello Friends! When getting your vehicle or trailer maintained and repaired how do you select a shop?  One source is probably the review sites and these can be helpful to provide an overall first electronic impression based on other consumers though they can be somewhat misleading.  Another source may be friends and family but this can also be hard to fully trust as everyone has a different idea of what is expected.  One thing for certain is that a local, independent repair facility like ours in Lakewood, Colorado is better for you and your vehicle or trailer than a national chain or dealership.  Let me explain.  Large national chains are just that, large.  They rely on volume of cars to meet standards set by corporate, to achieve this there is often a discounted coupon involved which brings a possible customer to the shop.  These are sometimes misleading and only intended for single use customers.  Dealerships rely on new customers in the syst ... read more

Computers, Sensors and Wires Oh My!

Computers, Sensors and Wires Oh My!

Looking at a modern Car, Truck, or SUV can be mind boggling.  There are computers, sensors everywhere and wires that run in all directions.  A lot of the technology is to keep us safe, others are to help ensure the vehicle is being properly maintained for a long service life.    Vehicles are getting more and more complicated, pictured above is a steering rack or gear from a modern truck. Inside are complex electrical components receiving and sending signals to other parts of the vehicle. When servicing a vehicle knowing how to work with computers and sensors is critical. Our experienced technicians attend industry training so we are prepared for what is coming in the way of technology.  All of these components combined for a working machine, should something stop working or disrupt the machine it must be repaired, find a good service center to help you along the way. We at Merrill Automotive ar looking forward to the exciting automotive future

Spring Training for your car

Spring Training for your car

Spring Training for your car - in preparation for the hot summer ahead. Summer can be a difficult time for vehicles, let's get your car running its best before summer gets here. Numerous factors can add stress to the vehicle such as heat, humidity, air conditioner running, starting, stopping, climbing hills and mountains plus city traffic with lower speeds. Most of us can't avoid the more extreme conditions summer throws at us, especially with all the picnics, family trips, and long distance plans we cram into the short break we call summer. Items to consider; battery service, coolant, transmission, and brake fluid exchange. Fresh oil and filters are always a great idea, rotate the tires and verify inflation. Check the belts and hoses, but don't forget about your brakes. It's more fun to get everything moving but stopping is still critical. Let's plan ahead so you are fully prepared to hit the open road. Schedule your service and repairs online, over the phone or best of all in ... read more

Car trouble? Let's fix it.

Car trouble? Let's fix it.

If you are having car trouble, let's fix it. No need to wait several weeks in line for dealership service and pricing. Independent repair facilities like ours in Lakewood, CO are prepared to handle nearly all of the problems under the sun. Yes, manufactures and dealerships have some small advantages but generally speaking locally owned shops will provide far more value in a much faster timeframe than large corporations. We are a NAPA AutoCare Center, one of over 14,000 locations spread across the country. Being a NAPA facility we provide, free of charge, a Peace of Mind warranty that covers parts and labor on qualifying repairs and services for 24 months/24,000 miles. See informative vehicle repair demonstration videos and learn more here http://www.napaautocare.com/ The benefits of independent automotive repair are numerous, this only touches on a few. We look forward to seeing you and your vehicles

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