EPC VW dashboard warning light

What is the EPC Light on my VW?

Dashboard warning lights are meant to do exactly what their name suggests, warn drivers of any vehicle malfunction that may need attention. It may be a minor thing that is a quick fix or it may be an indicator of a major mechanical issue that needs immediate attention. To help you understand your dashboard warning lights, specifically the EPC Lights.

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A Guide to the VW EPC Light

What does EPC stand for?

The EPC light stands for Electronic Power Control.

What does the EPC warning light mean?

Volkswagen models are fit with a drive-by-wire throttle system. When lit, the EPC warning light indicates a potential malfunction with said Volkswagen drive-by-wire throttle system. When this light comes on, it is important to seek out a repair facility immediately.

What problems does a lit EPC light indicate?

  • Engine Speed Sensor Malfunction
  • A Bad Mass Air Flow Sensor
  • A Faulty Brake Light Switch
  • Malfunctioning Throttle Body
  • Traction Control Malfunction
  • Cruise Control Malfunction


When the EPC light is on, the throttle may be limited to protect the engine. It will provide just enough power to get you to the nearest service station.

VW Service Near Capistrano Beach, CA

If your VW EPC light comes on and you’re in the Capistrano Beach, Laguana Niguel, Rancho Mission Viejo or San Juan Capistrano area, come to Capistrano Volkswagen’s Service Department. Our technicians can help to diagnose why your VW EPC light has come on and recommend a plan of action to remedy the problem.

Our service hours are Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. To schedule an appointment contact our service team at (866)251-0140 or schedule an appointment online.