What does it mean if the EPC warning light comes on in a Volkswagen?

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 at 8:00 pm
EPC warning light

How to Fix EPC Light on a Volkswagen

The EPC warning light, also known as the Electronic Power Control warning light, is a vehicle warning indicator that indicates a problem with your Volkswagen’s throttle system, such as with the throttle pedal, throttle body, traction control, or cruise control. However, the EPC light can indicate other problems with your Volkswagen, as well. Continue reading for how to fix the EPC light on a Volkswagen.

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EPC Car Warning Light

When the EPC light comes on in your Volkswagen, it’s a signal that the vehicle needs to be repaired immediately. Your Volkswagen should have enough power to drive to a car dealership or repair shop, but it should not be driven anywhere else. Your vehicle’s throttle may be limited in power as a built-in mechanism to protect the engine. If your Volkswagen is equipped with an ESP (Electronic Stability Program) program, it will display its own ESP light and automatically turn the Volkswagen off when it senses an issue with the throttle system.

How to Fix EPC Light on a VW

The EPC warning light can indicate a variety of problems with your vehicle, some of which can be extremely harmful to your engine. It’s important to get your Volkswagen into a repair shop as soon as possible if it’s displaying the EPC light. Once the EPC light issue is addressed, both the EPC and ESP lights will turn off and your Volkswagen will be driveable again.

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79 Responses to “What does it mean if the EPC warning light comes on in a Volkswagen?”

  1. Peter Connell says:

    Tuesday 2017 Jetta SE , EPC light comes on and engine dies. My VW dealer fixed problem. Today, Thursday, I drove it home from dealership. All good. Drove it this evening and car died again, EPC light.
    This was a dangerous situation on state road at exits and entrances to
    interstate. Very scary. Called 911 to have a police car help. My Jetta has 700 miles on it. I like the car but I want new one, same trim. Just wanted to get opinion from an unbiased source.
    Thanks, Peter


      my jetta has 1700 miles 2017 and the epc light has come on for the second time as well. I didn’t eve make it 10 miles or to work this morning when mine did it. I took it right back to the dealship. I haven’t even made my first payment.

      • Tara Jones says:

        Just bought a 2014 with 40l miles on it. The next day it didn’t start. Tried second key and got it started with this warning light. Drove it back to the dealer and gave them the keys. No thank you! I am not owning a car with this problem yikes.

  2. James Kihiu says:

    Excellent work.superb

  3. bongi says:

    hai my car has diplay Epc what can I do

    • Themba says:

      My vehicle displays EPC & ABS , brake lights are not working, all bulbs are in good working condition, please assist Comment

    • Themba says:

      My vehicle displays EPC & ABS , brake lights are not working, all bulbs are in good working condition, please assist , I’ve also checked fuse box to see if there are no blown fuse .Comment

  4. Frusman says:

    Hi my car display epc on a cluster and has no power golf v 2007 dsg. Please help

  5. uche joseph says:

    I had an abnomal engine starting,it stablizes after 1-2 mins
    After which I saw EPC warning light

    Pls do I do to this


  6. Ndumiso says:

    Hy, my 2003 polo classic shows EPC light and it got no acceleration at all.Plz help.

  7. Banele says:

    my car is showing EPC light and I dont know what to do I am in the middle of the road.

    • Claudio says:

      You need to take it to the dealer. It’s a throttle problem that controls the engine. It will happen again so don’t wait.

  8. mirag air 90 says:

    hi .in my golf 4 the epc and esp in the dash and the car cant get higher than 70 or80 km in hour and iam sik and tierd and some times turned off even ….

  9. Brad says:

    Hi there. I have a polo playa 2001.. the EPC , engine oil pressure and the Emissions control lamb come on when the car is switched off.. but when I turn the lights on it goes away .. when the engine is running ,everything is perfectly normal.

  10. Rowan says:

    I had this experience with a VW Polo
    VW Dealership wanted to charge me R37,000 (South African Rands) to fix the problem
    (In perspective – that 1/4 the total value of the car when you purchase it brand-new)
    Took it for a second opinion, it was a faulty spring that controlled the intake on a valve/cylinder (something blah blah)
    The bill came down to R7,000

  11. HELP ! I have a 2001 VW GOLF 2.0 and the “Check Engine & EPC Lights” came on. I cleaned the throttle body & replaced the Mass Flow & air filter to the mass flow. I cleared the codes and now just the “EPC” light comes on & off . I checked the hose for any leaks or cracks and found the vacuum plastic hose cracked.Went to the dealer & replaced the whole entire piece from behind the firewall on the drivers side where the round cylinder next to the power/brake fluid is.Hose connects to the round black cylinder and across the top back part of the motor and hooks up to a valve in the back But the darn “EPC” light still comes on & Off but not as much as originally. What could the problem be? The gas pedal sensor? any clues???? OH and I also replaced both oxy sensors & gas filter,new spark plugs & wires also. Please Help Thanks.

  12. Anjellica says:

    My vw Jetta is 2016. Had it for two years and EPC light came on today at 63,847 miles. Car lagged while driving. Pulled over, cut the car off then back on and light is gone. It’s driving smooth.

  13. Salt says:

    My car uts a, Polo 6r 2013 model I have a EPC light usually it comes when the car its cold nd after when its Hot the epc doesn’t come up anymore but now its worse the EPC comes on when driving nd it cuts speed nd lacks power eish what could be the problem??? Im fr south africa Johannesburg

  14. Devid Thomaas says:

    EPC warning light in vehicle is mainly known as the Electronic Power Control warning light. It is one type of indicator,which indicates a problem with throttle system in Volkswagen car,such as,equivalent with the throttle pedal, throttle body, traction control, or cruise control.But apart from that,the warning lights can indicate other problems with your Volkswagen. As EPC warning shows a variety of problem,some of them are extremely harmful. Hence It is important to get your Volkswagen into a repair shop as soon as possible if it’s displaying the EPC light.

  15. joe says:

    hi, i have a polo 1.4i and i”m having a problem when the epc lights come on my dash i get no acceleration on the car. i have to switch off the car and start again but the lights stayed on and the car is mobile again but moves very slow

  16. edgar says:

    Good Day , I am driving Polo 2003 BAH 1.6 and when I am driving it shows EPC and start to loose power and when I switch off and start is going smooth and after some kilos or hours it show that light and loose power again . Sometimes it goose with that EPC for certain kilos without loosing power. Please assist Kindly regards Edgar

  17. Gil says:

    I have a 2016 jetta.
    Is the EPC service included in the warranty?

  18. sibusiso says:

    Hi… My cars engine (polo 1.4) keeps shaking and doesn’t want to accelerate, smells of petrol,,,,, I replaced the plugs and coil pack, still doing the same thing

  19. Ntsako says:

    Hi…im driving polo bujwa when I’m driving it show epc…staying in tembisa hospital where to fix it

  20. hughvane says:

    I too have the EPC light showing when ignition is turned on, with a squeaky Japanese female voice saying (I think) something about EPC, but the warning light goes out very soon after starting the engine. My VW is an imported ex-Japan 2004 Passat 4Motion with a 2.8 L V6 petrol engine. There is something wrong with the transmission, as it jerks and jolts in 5th stage when cruising at < 90 kph and 1000-1200 rpm, and I'm wondering if it is caused by the EPC issue. Everything else seems to be working fine.

  21. nhlakanipho Masinga says:

    I’m driving polo 6 2016.. I’m having the problem of this EPC display on dash.. I even changed my battery because it was chewing the battery.. udont know what to do I need help

  22. Denver says:

    My 2010 polo vivo epc light came on so the enjin sound change

  23. Okiria Francis says:

    I have VW POLO 2005, when moving above 80kmphr then suddenly I break to 10km/h the Vehicle automatically engages to EPIC and rolls in that slow state till I stop then start the engine again it will move fast normal. But this EPIC problem is repetitive. How can I be helped?

  24. adan says:

    Hi i have a 2011 AUDI Q5 and it shows the EPC light. The mechanic has changed the timing kit and crankshaft which was the main error after diagnosis. The engine was also flushed with flushing oil. The light still comes back after the car has heated up. how can i be helped?

  25. Lucius says:

    I have a 2004 Volkswagen touran I bought it second hand with no problems, but soon an EPC light started to appear and the car wouldn’t start, so I took it to my local mechanic and spent $996 to get it fixed but soon enough the EPC light came back on again and the car won’t start. If I do get the car started it will turn off while driving. Does anyone know how to fix this?

  26. Lisa says:

    2009 Tiguan with EPC light on. Approx. how much to fix this issue? I’m in US.

    • Becky says:

      I have a 2012 VW Tiguan….
      my EPC light came on this morning. right before I noticed the light, my vehicle was shaking and not accelerating normally. at first I thought I had a flat or a tire was coming off – the jerking and shaking was that bad. Does anyone know of possible recalls concerning anything like this? this has never

      • Becky says:

        ….happened prior to today – the light or the vehicle shaking. I recently hit 100k miles and welcome any input in regards to possible recalls, approximate cost to repair, etc…etc… since site states driving without repairing the problem can do more damage, should I have Tiguan towed to dealership since it’s 40+ miles away?

  27. N Mathenjwa says:

    My vw polo also desplay this epc light and was leak of vevicle perfomance

  28. Robin Bergevoet says:

    I have a 2002 seat leon (pretty much spanish golf 4) and I have the same problem. If your brake lights arent working its a 10 euro/dollar fix. It’s the brake pedal sensor. It’s located under the brake pedal. Hope this helps some people.

  29. Patrick Isaac says:

    my vehicle stopped after a message “preasure oil off” then stopped and EPC light, saying EPC off. how do i fix this

  30. Debby says:

    I have 2008 Vw This car has been in 2 different shops for Epc light.It still is not fixed.i was told there are many things to check that may be causing the light,so bring it in again & let us Check something else, (shouldn’t cost that much) 🙉bought a year ago.(EPC) Trouble.

  31. H Holland says:

    EPC light comes on when going up an incline but then shuts off again. Have had it in for repairs and various items have been replaced but problem persists. Ths car even when light is on performs well. 2004 Polo trendline 1400. Can you help

  32. My audi A4 2008 model is showing ESP and it starts vibrating, what could be the problem?

  33. Musa says:

    For EPC to disappear, you need to turn off the engine. Remove the key from the ignition and start the car again after maybe 10 seconds and the EPC will disappear and your car idle will be normal. Sometimes when the car is cold you will get the EPC light but it will disappear shortly after starting.

  34. Ziyad says:

    My audi a3 2009 and epc light is making me hate this car any help

  35. Takawira Chawora says:

    My polo VW 1.4 badly smoking but starting fine.Changed plugs but still doing the same. Acceleration seem ok.
    EPC light was on but later no longer sho wing on the dashboard.
    Please can you help to fix this problem.
    I love VW.

  36. lehlohonolo says:

    i have a polo 5 . 1.4 engin capacity the moment EPC sign appears it cus speed and the aforesaid sign appears simultaneously with a sign which signifies slippery road please help

  37. Eric says:

    Hi Guys,

    I have a polo TSI, and has about 126800km on it.

    It is giving me EPC light and then loses power after. I have to drive to JHB in Tuesday after work but am scared it might not reach the destination and where I am there is no VW dealers at all.

    Please assist, is it safe I take the drive to JHB?

  38. Sibusiso says:

    Hi. I have a 2010 vw 1.4 model, it shows a epic light been on and off in different dealerships, my car loses power and acceleration…what cud be the issue here, I’m looking at the comments, it seems it’s a common problem…What does VW say or think about this…seems like we’ve been taken for a ride….I’m gatvol with this car.

  39. bheka khumalo says:


  40. Fc says:

    Just change the Crankshaft sensor

  41. Fc says:

    Crankshaft position sensor like $50

  42. Jeff says:

    Guys i dont have problem with the epc warning light anymore,and i wont take my polo butswa to a dealership or mechanic,i know exatly what to do if it start that warning,dealership will charge u more money and wont fix your problem,come to me,ive foud the solution myself,twice on the road

  43. Anna E Kinslow says:

    What did You find out Jeff?

  44. Amonh says:

    Hi, please help on how to solve th EPC warning light.

  45. Scott Stanley says:

    What did you do to fix it?

  46. Harry Alexander says:

    I have a vw tiguan 2009 and EPC light came on in the middle of the highway, change the throttle body actuator, but did not fix the issues. What can I do to fix the problem? I do not want to go to the dealer

  47. Ben says:

    Jeff would share it please as I’m experiencing the same problem right now

  48. G says:

    Maybe Jeff is promoting his business (if he has one!!!!)

  49. Adesanya Olukoya says:

    Good day, Please my car jatta bora goes off when on the motion and it will take at least one before it start again. We have taken for repair, but this problem still persist. What can I do? Thanks

  50. Mike Padilla says:

    I bought a VW Beetle used last year and for all this year I have that same problem with the EPC light coming on. When it does, the VW looses compression and stepping on the gas nothing happens, I have to pull over and restart the car. Some times it starts ok other times it doesn’t. I’ve taken it to my mechanic and he has replaced every valve possible that looks like it was cracked including the Mass air filter. I’ve spent too much to get rid of it and I don’t know what to do next. it seems everyone is having this same problem, I don’t want to take it to a dealer because I only paid $2100 for it and its cost me almost that in repairs (yes, I know I’m stupid). It drives okay some days then others its really tough, what helps is if I keep the AC on I have less problems.
    Any comments from anyone?????

  51. Edward says:

    I’m driving a VW polo classic 2007 model,. yesterday I struggled with the EPC lights on my car, my car is moving on – 20 speed and I can’t do anything… Please assist my fellow VW Users. 0727830306

  52. Meek1 says:

    EPC light came from nowhere on my Vw Cc 2013 and it is very discouraging! Vw has a lot of problems

  53. Rebecca says:

    Jeff what did you find out to fix it without taking it to a dealership? I just had the EPC light arise last night. Drove home and this morning it was not on and drove to work.

  54. Shawna says:

    There is a EMU software update that came out for the emission system it says If update is not done can cause error to display. Hope that is the problem taking my car to the dealership to get the update. I have a 2014 Jetta

  55. Antonio says:

    I had this problem with the EPC light and the check engine aswell and a I found here in Google was about the throttle body and expensive stuff , so I took my car to autozone and for a 2nd opinion to O’Reillys to check my engine light…. and both told me was a misfire on cylinder 1 and 2 and all I had to do is replace the ignition coils .
    I didn’t read all the comments idk if somebody already wrote about this if not I hope this is useful before spending a lot of money to fix that

  56. Kevin Toker says:

    Had EPC come on 2014 Polo 1.2 Tsi, needed diagnostic as this could of been for anything turned out to be Control Boost Actuator failed, had this replaced at £400 UK supply and fit. No problems since replacement

  57. Bernie 613 422 9045 says:

    I have a 2008 eos volkswagon with 20000 kms on it. It was running ver good when I came home it died the epc came on so i tuned it off so i looked on the computor to see about it. i could not find so in morning it started up but it happen a couple times so i took the key out. found some spray head cleaner i used to fix my windows. So sprayed in where i put the key in,It started ok and i have not had anmy trouble with it.. phoe me if this works for you.

  58. BERNIE says:

    my EOS has 200 hurdred thousand kms on it. that i sprayed head cleaner spray in the ignistion switch and it works great. No epc light and a lot of power and speed

  59. Adrien Mwingwa says:

    Mon commentaire est une préoccupation. En effet, l’alarme EPC sur le tableau de bord de ma voiture VW Polo de 2004 m’inquiète. Un mécanicien m’a dit qu’il faut faire l’entretien de la boîte automatique des vitesses. Est-ce que cette proposition est valable ou bien je dois échanger avec vous pour parler de ce qui se passe avec cette voiture?

  60. Adrien Mwingwa says:

    My comment here is a concern.
    Indeed, the EPC alarm on the dashboard of my car VW Polo 2004 worried me. A mechanic asked to do maintenance on the automatic gearbox.
    Is this proposal really worthwhile or should I discuss with you to reassure me of the operation of this car?

  61. Finch says:

    I drive a 2010 polo vivo, also giving me problems with the epc, contacted my brother his a mechanic, he said the problem can be ‘ ignition coils’ so he will check it over the weekend… so yawl can also try to check it might be a solution to this problem. I will update after I have changed them..

  62. Sthokzen says:

    I am driving VW Polo 1.6 2018 model. I am experiencing EPC light on my car when is raining, cold or when the car is idling. I asked the dealer to look at this issue but they told me they dont see anything (2018, December). 2019,April whilst driving my car it showed the EPC light and I stopped as usual, switched off the car and when tried to restart it couldnt. I waited for 4 hours but it couldnt restart. I took it to the dealer again and now they are telling me that the injector is damaged and the battery is finished. Wow, after 2 years asking them to check the problem the were not seeing anything now they noticed something and charging me +R4000 to fix it. Either the WV dealers they dont know what to fix or VW cant fix this problem at. I dont see myself buying VW car anymore,mxm.

  63. Hope says:

    EPC light coming on when you start the 2002 Volkswagen Beetle and beeping sound

  64. Hope says:

    [EPC Electronic power control]. is what Advance said

  65. Janihatwvolks says:

    Do not buy a Volkswagen it’s a terrible car after 60,000 miles it has electric problems that lead to transmission issues an this epc stuff will get u killed from the car just randomly losing power do not buy a Jetta ever until they can really fix this problem

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  67. Maduvha nduvha says:

    My vw polo 2013 model is giving me problem light of epic …..engine sound change nd loses power help me guys

  68. Ludwin Miguel says:

    Have a 2013 passat 2.5L. Epc light on. Won’t start. Disconnect the throttle body cable it starts. Change throttle body problem remains. What can be the problem?

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