How to Fix the EPC Light on a VW

EPC Dash Light

The EPC warning light is one of several important dashboard warning lights that can be found on modern Volkswagen vehicles. EPC stands for Electric Power Control, and the light lets you know there is an issue with the throttle system or sensors in your vehicle. A common question we hear from Arlington drivers is how to fix the EPC light on a VW. Keep in mind that if the EPC light is on, it is probably indicating a significant problem. You should bring your vehicle to the Alexandria Volkswagen service center to have it looked at by a professional.

What Is the EPC Light?

What does the VW EPC light mean when it shows up on your dashboard? It is a sign that your vehicle is in need of immediate repairs. You should still be able to drive the vehicle, but no more than necessary to get it to a service center.

Alexandria Volkswagen has provided a list of the most common causes for a Volkswagen EPC warning light to become illuminated:

  • Throttle pedal or throttle body issues
  • Cruise control trouble
  • Engine speed sensor error
  • Mass airflow sensor error
  • Issues with your brake light switch

For some drivers, it may be just a simple fix like switching out the old sensor. These start to wear down over time after commuting through Washington DC and Springfield. For other drivers, however, it may be necessary to replace components of the throttle system. These repairs can be a bit more costly, which is why it is a good idea to peruse our rotating parts specials.

Should You Ever Perform a VW EPC Light Reset?

If you’ve been keeping up with your Volkswagen maintenance schedule, it’s understandable that you may be concerned when one of the dashboard warning lights comes on. While some may want to perform a VW EPC light reset at home, you really should have your vehicle evaluated by a technician.

The highly-skilled technicians at our state-of-the-art service center know the Volkswagen lineup inside and out, so they can quickly and efficiently diagnose what is causing the EPC light to go on. Although you may be interested in purchasing a diagnostic tool at the nearest Volkswagen parts department, the sensitive repairs required to reset a VW EPC light should still be left to trained technicians.

Let Alexandria Volkswagen Get You Back on the Road!

Learning how to fix the EPC light on a VW is far from easy, but our mechanics have the knowledge and expertise to get you back on the road in no time. You can set up an appointment online, or contact us at your convenience. We look forward to assisting you.

Interested in learning more about DIY VW car care? Find out how often to change your oil or how to jump-start your car.


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