EPC Light on Audi & Volkswagen – Meaning, Causes & Fixes

A guide on how to diagnose & repair issues causing the EPC light to light up

Epc Light

You are driving your car, and suddenly the EPC light displays (often with the engine light) on your dashboard.

Will it damage my engine? Is it dangerous to drive with? How much will it cost to repair my car?

There are many questions regarding this warning light.

In this article, you will learn everything you need to know about the EPC light on your VW or Audi.

What does the EPC light mean?

Epc Light

The EPC warning light is a warning light that indicates a problem with your throttle system, including the throttle body, accelerator pedal, cruise control, or traction control.

The Volkswagen EPC light often shows up with the Engine, ABS, or ESP Light, depending on where the problem is located.

The Electronic Power Control system is controlled by the engine control unit, brake control unit, transmission control unit, and steering control unit.

Several car models and brands have the EPC system, especially Volkswagen cars, because they manufacture the system. Volkswagen owns many car brands, and because of this, you may also find this warning light in your Audi, Skoda, or Seat.

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Common EPC Light Causes

Volkswagen Throttle Body

The most common causes of an EPC light on your Audi or VW is a faulty throttle body, a faulty ABS sensor, ABS ring or a faulty brake pedal switch.

Here is a more detailed list of possible causes of the EPC Light.

  • Throttle body failure
  • Bad ABS Sensor – Common on newer VW Passats
  • Failed brake pedal switch – Common problem on Golf 4 & Fabia
  • Bad ABS Ring
  • Bad ABS sensor wiring
  • A failed brake pressure sensor (Inside the ABS Module)
  • A Bad Engine Sensor
  • Internal engine problem
  • Power steering failure
  • Steering wheel sensor
  • Wiring issues

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How to fix the EPC light

Car Diagnostics

The easiest way to fix the EPC issue is by checking the trouble codes in the engine control module or ABS control module telling us with an OBD2 Scanner.

When the light is on, it means there are one or several trouble codes stored in one of the control units.

You have to scan the engine control unit, ABS control unit, steering control unit, and transmission control unit for any stored trouble codes.

You can either drive your car to a mechanic workshop and let them read your trouble codes, or you could get to it at home with your own OBD2 scanner.

The cheapest diagnostic scanners can only read the engine control unit. Because this problem could appear in several control units, it’s recommended to either get a more advanced diagnostic scanner or let a workshop read the other control units’ codes.

If the light is showing on your dashboard, but the car is running perfectly fine, you can try to perform a VW EPC light reset with an OBD2 scanner to see if the light comes back. It could be a temporary issue if it doesn’t show up again, but you have to repair the issue if it comes back.

Most of the times when the light is showing up it means that there is an occuring issue right now.

Is it dangerous to drive with the EPC light on?

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Always fix the EPC issue as soon as possible. When the light is on, it means there may be several limited functions in your car.

Since the EPC is integrated with the steering and brake system, it could cause engine damage and cause serious accidents because of limited brake or steering functions.

When this light appears on your dashboard, drive to the closest mechanic workshop for them to consider it as soon as possible.

This light is often limiting your car’s engine power and other functions to drive slowly to the closest mechanic workshop without issues.

Usually, the EPC issue won’t cause damages to your car if you are driving carefully – but maybe the problem is more serious, and it’s better to be safe than sorry.

What Is the EPC Light on a Volkswagen or Audi?

The EPC warning light on your Volkswagen or Audi means there is a problem with the EPC (Electric Power Control) system. The EPC system controls the throttle control, including the throttle body, accelerator pedal, cruise control, or traction control

Can the EPC Warning Light Cause a Loss of Power?

Yes, the EPC warning light controls the throttle system and can therefore cause a sudden loss of power. Sometimes, you can not rev up the engine at all when the light appears.

What Can Cause the EPC Light To Come On?

The VW EPC light can be caused by anything related to the throttle system like a faulty throttle body, accelerator pedal, cruise control or a problem with the traction system or the ABS.

How much does it cost to fix the EPC light?

There is no fixed price to fix the EPC light because different things can cause it. Usually, it will cost anything between $100 to $400 to fix the EPC light, but it can be more expensive sometimes.

How do I fix my EPC light?

To fix the VW EPC light, you need to read the trouble codes with an OBD2 scanner. Once you know what the trouble codes are telling you, you need to continue the troubleshooting with these codes. Just guessing the problem will only waste your money.

Written by: Magnus Sellén

Founder, owner & main author of Mechanic Base. I have been repairing cars for more than 10 years, specialized in advanced diagnostics & troubleshooting. I have also been a drifting driver and mechanic for over 7 years.