Notice an EPC Light? Your VW Needs Repair

Posted 6/17/19

Unless you’ve experienced an EPC light yourself, you probably have no idea what it is. In a nutshell — it’s a sign your VW needs repair.

The EPC light stands for Electronic Power Control. It’s a warning indicator that there’s a problem with the throttle system of your BMW. This includes the throttle pedal, throttle body, traction control, or cruise control, but can also indicate a problem with other systems as well.

This is typically how it goes down: You’re driving down the highway, not a care in the world, when suddenly the power drops out in your Volkswagen. It’s still driving, but it seems like you need to practically press the pedal to the metal just to maintain speed. And if you should hit a hill — cross your fingers.

Why Your Car is Losing Power

What’s happening is a built-in mechanism has kicked on to protect the engine. This prevents the engine from powering the car over 30. If you are already above that speed when the light engages, you should be able to maintain speed to a certain extent. But if you hit traffic or steep hills, you will have difficulty.

See Your Cincinnati VW Mechanic

You’ll need to have the car inspected by a mechanic as soon as possible. Depending on how bad your throttle system is, you might be able to temporarily disengage the system by turning the car on and off again when the vehicle is stopped. If the problem is minor, you may be able to drive a week or so before it kicks back on. But the problem will get worse and your car may lose power altogether.

If your throttle system is dirty, your mechanic may be able to clean it to return it to optimal performance. It is very likely the entire throttle system needs replaced, which can run you several hundred dollars.

You should get the car to a repair shop as soon as possible because you may be doing serious damage to your engine.

Signs Your Cincinnati Jaguar Brakes Need Repaired

We always tell our Cincinnati customers: Never ignore the brakes on your Jaguar. Wear through a brake pad, and you’ll eat through the rotor. And that’s when the brake job becomes exorbitantly expensive. The easiest way to tell you’re due is when your brake light comes on. (Check the emergency brake first though — it just might be engaged.) If you hear grinding when the brake is applied, it’s time. Another sign is if the car gently swerves to one side or another when you apply the brakes. The pad on that side is likely out. If your Jaguar bounces up and down as you start braking, it’s probably not your brakes but your shock absorbers. They likely need replaced.