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My car died while driving, and EPC light came on.

I was sitting in my car while on, and it just died out of no where and wouldn't start again. We jump started it and it then worked after about 20 minutes. Other times it struggles to start. Ive never had a problem with starting until that night it first die. Now while driving it, about to pull away from a stop sign, the car died, the battery light came on and the EPC light came on. I turned the key off and back on and When i started it, only the EPC light was on after that. it struggled just slightly to turn over but i was lucky to not be stranded in the middle of the intersection.

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Sounds like alternator failing and not charging the battery or dead cell in battery or could be belt going to alternator slipping check the tensioner

Posted on Mar 26, 2014

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    Allie Flanders Mar 26, 2014

    great.... now the price of fixing it is the difficult part.

  • joe lANGSTON Mar 26, 2014

    tensioner not that bad alternator couple hundred cheaper if you can do it yourself go to any autozone or advance or napa and they will check alternator for free also they can check your obd2 for error codes and tell you what issue is

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Could be a faulty fuel pump, they are notorious for acting unpredictibly when they start to go bad. My bet is in a week it won't start at all. Try banging on the fuel tank the next time it won't start, if that fixes it it is prbably a fuel pump.

Running you fuel pump until its at E is hard/bad on your fuel pump since gasoline is the fuel pumps lubrication.

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Check your battery cables for tightness, especially your ground cable. Now you have a new battery, so you have eliminated that as the source of the problem. Turn on your headlights, do they go out or very dim when attempting to start the car? If so, you have a poor electrical connection somewhere - loose cable, bad cable, possibly bad ignition switch.

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Definitely not the fuel pump. A fuel pump will either work, or it wont. It could be a fuel filter, though unlikely, again if it was clogged there would be nothing. Could be spark plugs/wires, a faulty coil pack, Could also be a handful of sensors (o2, MAF, are a few that come to mind). Does it have a manual transmission? If so can the car be started without engaging the clutch (in neutral)? If so check the 2 clutch sensors attached to the clutch pedal.

Probably a sensor. Go to Advanced Auto parts and have them pull the code. Then google it. Or check out Forums.vwvortex.com

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It sounds as if your vehicle may have severe water damage to the engine. The engine sensors on the golf are suseptable to water damage and can result in epc light that you are seeing on your dash, or so i was told by VW. I replaced all the sensors, alternator and the computer on my original engine, but this action didnt fix the problem. So i bit the bullet and replaced the engine, and haven't had a problem since. If you do the labor yourself it can be done as cheap as $4000. I hope this helps mate.

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