Alternator Repair & Maintenance

Alternator Repair & Maintenance in Frederick, Maryland

Keeping your alternator in peak operating condition is key to your vehicles performance. 40 West Auto Care & Towing specializes in alternator service, repair and maintenance in Frederick, MD. If you’ve ever noticed a bunch of warning lights flashing on your dash when you start your engine, this is a test to make sure that all the circuits are working as they should. These lights go off if everything’s OK. One of the warning lights looks like a car battery. Its job is to tell you if your battery’s not charging properly. When these lights stay on or don’t come on at all, it could mean that your alternator is not working properly. So why would your alternator not work? Usually they’ve simply worn out. Alternators are driven by your serpentine belt and spin 2 to 3 times faster than the engine – that’s a lot of work. The bearings wear out, as do the cooper wire coils and magnets that generate the electricity. Don’t get left stranded, when you see signs that your alternator is failing, get it fixed. When this happens and you need alternator repair in Frederick, Maryland, you can rely on the experts at 40 West Auto Care & Towing. Contact us to schedule service.

Axles Repair & Maintenance

Axles Repair & Maintenance in Frederick Maryland

40 West Auto Care & Towing offers axles repair & maintenance in Frederick, MD. There are different kinds of axles, each with their own potential problems. There are also many components of an axel that could wear or break of time. Your service technician at 40 West Auto Care & Towing in Frederick knows axel repair and checks for things like leaking seals, torn CV boots and worn axle joints. Your axles are the last link in transferring power from the engine to your wheels. They’re strong parts that last a long time – but they can run into trouble. When there is a concern with the axle shaft, it will be removed and inspected. If it’s damaged, the shaft will have to be replaced. If the shaft is in good shape, it’ll be cleaned, lubed and reinstalled. Damaged CV boots are replaced as well. Taking care of your axles when they need it saves money in the long run, and helps keep you safely on the road.

Battery Repair & Maintenance

Battery Repair & Maintenance in Frederick Maryland

Batteries are a huge part of modern life. I mean, how many battery chargers do you have?

Of course, our purpose here is to talk about your car battery. When people come into our service center and need a new battery, they’re really not that happy about having to spend the money. But the fact is that 70% of batteries don’t make it for 4 years.

There are some things that you can do to extend the life of your battery. First, keep it clean. If you see it getting dirty or greasy, let us know and we can clean it off. A dirty battery runs hotter and that shortens its life. If your battery terminals are corroded, let us take a look at that too. We can clean them, and if the corrosion has gotten into the battery cables, we can replace them.

Also running your battery way down is bad for it: Things like running the headlights or watching a DVD player with the car turned off can deeply deplete your battery. The typical battery can only take about 10 of those deep cycle depletions before it gives up the ghost.

Because we often take short trips around town with lots of stops for errands, our batteries can end up not getting fully recharged just by driving around. That also shortens battery life. You can hook up a good quality automatic battery charger at home from time to time. We recommend charging once a month during hot months and every three months during cold months.

Now when it’s finally time to get a new battery, we can help you find the right replacement. We’ll always make sure to meet your manufacturer’s recommendations. Now if you have special needs – like live in a very cold climate or run a lot of electrical accessories, we can look at an upgrade that’ll give you the power you need.

Check Engine Light Repair & Maintenance

Check Engine Light Repair & Maintenance in Frederick Maryland

The knowledgeable technicians at 40 West Auto Care & Towing in Frederick, MD can quickly and expertly diagnose the cause of a check engine light in your car or truck. When your check engine lights comes on, you may fear it means a costly repair is impending. Rest assured, the check engine light can come on for anything from a minor issue such as a loose gas cap or, in the case of it indicating a more serious issue, the highly-skilled mechanics at 40 West Auto Care will repair your vehicle in the most cost-effective way.

If your check engine light is on in your vehicle, stop in to the see the experts at 40 West Auto Care & Towing on Montevue Lane in Frederick, MD to have the issue resolved before it leads to a more costly repair.

Brake Repair & Maintenance

Drum Brake Repair & Maintenance in Frederick Maryland

40 West Auto Care & Towing is the preferred source for brake repair and maintenance in Frederick, MD. Properly functioning brakes are essential to your safety and the safety of others. Maintaining your brakes can prevent accidents and costly premature repairs. If you hear squealing or grinding when braking, bring your car or truck to the brake specialists at 40 West Auto Care to perform a thorough brake inspection, and expertly repair your brakes if needed. We have several options to meet your braking requirements and your budget for drum brakes and disc brake systems.

Main components of brake systems:

  • Master Cylander
  • Brake Fluid
  • Brake Lines
  • Brake Shoes
  • Brake Pads
  • Calipers
  • Anti-Lock Brake Systems
  • Power Brake Booster
  • Parking Brakes

Automotive Heating & Air Conditioning Repair

40 West Auto Care & Towing offers Heating & Air Conditioning Repair in Frederick Maryland

40 West Auto Care & Towing offers automotive air conditioning and heating stem repair to customers in Frederick, Maryland. When it comes to repairing your car or trucks heating and air conditioning, you can rely on 40 West Auto Care & Towing in Frederick, Maryland to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Most of us don’t think about heating and air conditioning service and repair issues until the air conditioning or heat in your car stops working. Preventive maintenance on your HVAC sytem can help keep things working properly but in some cases, even with regular service, your heating and air conditioning systems parts can simply wear out. So when you need auto AC repair or heating system repair in Frederick, MD, contact the experts at 40 West Auto Care & Towing in Frederick for prompt and professional service.

Exhaust Repair & Maintenance

Exhaust Repair & Maintenance in Frederick MD

40 West Auto Care & Towing in Frederick Md, offers quality exhaust systems repair and maintenance for all makes and models of cars and trucks. Muffler repair has been one of our specialities in our many years of providing auto repair in Frederick, MD.

40 West Auto Care & Towing understands how important exhaust system repairs and maintenance are to the environment, and to the safety of you and your passengers. A leak somewhere in the exhaust system could be potentionally life-threatening so should be immediately repaired. Emissions testing help ensure that all vehicles have a properly functioning exhaust systems to help lower polluting emissions into the environment.

The exhaust system has three main functions:

  1. To safely get hot exhaust gas from the engine out the tailpipe
  2. Treats the exhaust to remove harmful pollutants
  3. Muffle the engine noise

Whether you are in need of muffler repair, emissions repair, or any maintenance related to your vehicle’s exhaust system, rest assured that 40 West Auto Care’s knowledgable technicians can handle it. Give us a call today!

Headlamps Repair & Maintenance

Headlamps Repair & Maintenance in Frederick Maryland

40 West Auto Care & Towing offers quality and convenient headlamps repair and maintenance for all makes and models of vehicles in Frederick, MD. Statistics tell us that 40% of traffic fatalities take place at night even though there’s 60% less traffic, which just proves how important optimal visibility is to nighttime driving. Having properly functioning headlights (along with a clean windshield and functioning wipers) will help ensure your nighttime visibility is at its best.

Unfortunately, headlamps don’t last forever, causing your headlights to dim over time and eventually go out completely. This can not only make it more difficult for you to see while driving, but can be a safety hazard for other drives as well. Stop in our Montevue Lane auto repair shop in Frederick today, if you need your headlamps repaired or if you would like preventative maintenance.


Shocks & Struts Repair & Maintenance

Shocks & Struts Repair & Maintenance in Frederick Maryland

40 West Auto Repair & Towing offers expert repair and maintenance for the shocks and struts in your car or truck in our Frederick, MD auto repair shop. Shock absorbers and struts do play an important job in your vehicle.  They are the what connects your behicle to the road, and allow you to safely turn, stop, and ride over bumps when necessary. When your shocks and struts are worn, your tires bounce excessively, and you will lose your ability to control your vehicle while driving, accelerating, and stopping. This will also cause excessive tire wear, requiring you to replace your tires prematurely, and put unfortunate stress on other parts of your vehicle such its suspension and steering.

Replacing worn shocks and struts every 50,000 miles or when necessary, can keep your vehicle riding smoothly and safely, and save you money in the long run. When it’s time for new shocks or struts, give the experts at 40 West Auto Care & Towing a call for a hassle-free repair today.


Suspension Repair & Maintenance

Suspension Repair & Maintenance in Frederick Maryland

40 West Auto Care & Towing provides suspension repair and maintenance service for all makes and models of cars and trucks in Frederick, MD. Suspension systems connect the wheels to your vehicle, controls your handling, and ensures a smooth ride. It is critical for proper steering, stopping and stability. As you can imagine, your suspension has a lot of components that allow your wheels to move up and down over bumps and to turn as you steer. These parts include ball joints, tie rod ends, the pitman, idler arms and the control arm bushing. Over time, these parts will wear and need replacement.

When the trusted mechanics at 40 West Auto Care & Towing, inspect your vehicle, we will look for signs of suspension problems such as uneven tire wear, excessive play in suspension components and other visible damage. We can quickly replace the worn or damaged parts and get your vehicle back on the road safely before it leads to a more expensive repair or premature tire replacement. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment to have your car or truck’s suspension system serviced.


Tire Pressure Monitoring System Repair & Maintenance

Tire Pressure Monitoring System Repair & Maintenance in Frederick Maryland

40 West Auto Care & Towing is very experienced in working with Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems on all makes and models of cars and trucks. TPMS can become damaged by road salt and grime over time, and do eventually wear out. Under-inflated tires can be a real safety concern since they don’t handle properly and can overheat, which can lead to an accident. Government regulations requiring TPMS systems aim to reduce accidents, save lives, and help your vehicle maintain its best fuel economy.

The experts at 40 West Auto Care understand that your car or truck’s TPMS system is vital to your safety. Give us a call today if your TPMS warning light is on in your vehicle so we can quickly and efficiently repair it.

Water Pump Repair & Maintenance

Water Pump Repair & Maintenance in Frederick Maryland

40 West Auto Care & Towing offers reliable and affordable water pump repair and maintenance in our Frederick, MD auto repair shop. Your vehicle’s water pump is an important component of its cooling system. Since cooling system problems are the number 1 mechanical failure in cars and trucks, it is integral that your water pump is properly maintained, and replaced when necessary. Some vehicles have the water pump driven by the timing belt, which will often need to be replaced at the same time.

The opposite is true too – when you change the timing belt on this type of engine, replace the water pump while you’re at it. The water pump will eventually fail and getting to it is an expensive project. For not that much more you can take care of both the timing belt and the water pump at the same time. 40 West Auto Care & Towing is always looking out for the best interest of your vehicle and your wallet. Give us a call today to schedule your water pump repair or maintenance service.

Timing Belt Repair & Replacement

Timing Belt Repair & Replacement in Frederick Maryland

40 West Auto Care & Towing offers comprehensive auto repair and maintenance, including expert timing belt repair and replacement.  Maintaining the timing belt in your car or truck is very important because letting it go can lead to very costly engine damage. Timing belts do wear out over time so you want to replace a worn belt before it slips or breaks. Check your owner’s manual or with the auto repair specialists at 40 West Auto Care & Towing to see when they recommend you replace the timing belt.

Tire Sales, Service & Replacement

Tire Sales, Service & Replacement in Frederick Maryland

40 West Auto Care & Towing is the premier source for tire rotation, replacement, and tire sales in Frederick, MD. You can make your tires last longer with regular tire rotation and wheel balancing. L


Wheel Bearings Repair & Maintenance

Wheel Bearings Repair & Maintenance in Frederick Maryland

40 West Auto Care & Towing offers wheel bearings repair and maintenance to customers in Frederick, Maryland. Wheel bearings are what enable your wheels to spin freely, and are an important part of your vehicle. Although wheel bearings can last well over 100,000 miles, they do eventually wear out and must eventually be replaced.  Our highly skilled technicians can quickly tell if your bearings are bad by raising the vehicle and wiggling the wheel.

Many vehicles these days have wheel bearing assemblies that cannot be serviced, and need to be replaced completely when they go bad. For those vehicles with wheel bearings that can be accessed, 40 West Auto Care in Frederick, MD can provide some preventive maintenance. Check your owner’s manual or stop in to 40 West Auto Care & Towing to see if your bearings can be serviced, and if so, when should it be done. Maintaining the wheel bearings in your vehicle is extremely important since bad bearings will generate a lot of heat. This can potentially lock up your vehicle’s wheels, and cause a wheel to fall off, which is obviously a very dangerous situation that should be avoided.

So schedule an appointment today with the experts at 40 West Auto Care to have your wheel bearings inspected, and replaced if needed.

Towing & Recovery

24 Hour Service Available

40-west-towing-frederick-md40 West Auto Care & Towing has been providing award-winning roadside assistance and towing services to the motoring public in Frederick, MD since 1979. We are a 5 Diamond Preferred Service Provider for AAA and a four-time recipient of the coveted AAA Service Provider of Excellence Award.

Our staff is fully trained and certified providing a multitude of services including no starts, flat tires, out of gas, lockouts, winching and accident recovery calls. In addition to providing services to motorists, we provide roadside assistance and towing services to all of the local police agencies and local auto repairs, auto body shops, and dealerships. Our trucks are equipped with state-of-the-art technology including Motorola 2-way radios, GPS, and mobile computers to aid us in providing prompt service.

Towing & Recovery

We offer 24 hour towing for your convenience and specialize in emergency road service & automotive repairs.

Please contact 40 West Auto Care & Towing for your automotive needs by calling us at (301) 662-2242 or email us at

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Contact AAA:

Emergency Road Service at 1-800-AAA-HELP, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Vehicle Services at 1-800-323-4300 Monday – Friday, 8:45 am – 5:00 pm


Maryland Inspections

Frederick Maryland Authorized Vehicle Inspection Station # 33421

MD-State-Inspection-Frederick-MDConsider 40 west Auto Care & Towing in Frederick, Maryland when you need a vehicle inspected. Most used vehicles are required by Maryland Law to undergo a safety inspection prior to its sale or transfer.  If you are buying or selling a car in Frederick, Maryland, you are required to obtain the inspection certificate from an Authorized Inspection Station in Frederick, MD.

You don’t have to be an expert to know that preventive maintenance is the best way to make sure your vehicle is running properly. 40 West Auto Repair & Towing offers the following Preventative Automotive Maintenance services in Frederick MD.

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  • Cabin Air Filter
  • Cooling System
  • Differential Service
  • Engine Air Filter
  • Fuel System
  • Oil Change
  • Serpentine Belt
  • Spark Plugs
  • Steering
  • Timing Belt
  • Tire Rotation & Balancing
  • Transfer Case Service
  • Transmission
  • Windshield Wipers

40-west-baseball40 West Auto Care & Towing is active in the community and we hold annual clinics for local preschools and elementary schools explaining roadside assistance and towing. We also sponsor youth sports teams and donate towing services and auto repairs to local charities. We have continuing education classes for out staff throughout the year as well as safety training.

40 West Auto Care & Towing’s owner, Earle Arnold serves on:

  • Towing advisory board for Frederick City Police
  • Towing advisory board for Frederick County Sheriff’s Department
  • Towing advisory board for Maryland State Police

Earle has also served on numerous public service projects in the past, including the following agencies:

  • Elks Lodge
  • Kiwanis Club
  • Sertoma Club
  • Red Cross
  • Advocates for the homeless
  • Frederick County Vo-Tech
  • Frederick County Fire & Rescue Services
  • Frederick County Highway Projects
  • Crime Solvers of Frederick County
  • FMH Good Samaritan Club