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2006 VW Jetta, the drivers side tail light is staying on when you turn the car off and is now killing the battery.

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  • bharris281 May 25, 2011

    The last 6 digits of the VIN are neither. The last 6 digits are: 720125. Also, is this easy to install yourself or do I need to take it to a machanic?

  • bharris281 May 29, 2011

    Changed the stoplight switch, however, it did not solve the problem, the drivers side light is still on. I think it is the "turn signal/running light" instead of the break light?

  • bharris281 May 29, 2011

    Dont German cars have a switch that allows the drivers side rear running light/turn signal to stay on when parked on the street at night? The main lights switch that has 2 positions, lights on or lights off, turning clockwise for on, counter clockwise for off. This switch also pushes in, and pops back out., but there is not feel of a click to indicate its doing anything.

  • bharris281 May 29, 2011

    Replacing this switch didnt help, Thanks anyway. It turns out that the bulb that is staying on is the turn signal, runnuing light. Dont German cars have a switch that allows this dirvers side rear turn signal, running light to stay on when the car is parked on the street on night. The main lights switch has 2 posistions on or off. Clockwise on or counter clockwise off. This switch also pushs in and pops back out. You dont feel any click like its doing anything when pushing in or when its popping out.

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There is a short in the lights switch, located on the steering shaft.
The steering shaft will have to be dismantled to have the switch inspected and replaced. Since for that you must disable and remove the airbag it means that - for security reasons - only a repair shop should do it. And do it as soon as possible, if the problem is left for too long the wires inside the steering column might be aged prematurely by the heat generated by the current flowing thru them so they might short causing a lot more damage - you might end up even with an airbag exploding out of the blue in your face, and that can hurt badly.

Posted on May 26, 2011

  • Azrael SRL May 29, 2011

    You must find out precisely which, they have completely separate systems: the turn light has a special relay powering it thru the lever on the steering shaft while the running/position light gets powered by a simple relay that gets activated by another switch situated on the dash. Once you find that out start checking the wiring (at the faulty lights block first), and only then the button.

  • Azrael SRL May 29, 2011

    It used to be like that with VW in the 80's, and only in the US versions, no longer the case - all VW have now the same EU style wiring. The push in is for high beams flashing.

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This means your Brake Light Switch, or Stoplight Switch has gone bad.

There are 2 different stoplight switches for the 2006 VW Jetta, depending on the last 6 digits of your VIN #.

If the last 6 digits of your VIN# are 603251, you need the following switch:
http://www.autozone.com/autozone/parts/Duralast-Stoplight-Switch/2006-Volkswagen-Jetta/_/N-jnoxjZ9cias?counter=0&itemIdentifier=201634_0_0_93171

If the last 6 digits of your VIN# are 603250, you need the following switch:
http://www.autozone.com/autozone/parts/Duralast-Stoplight-Switch/2006-Volkswagen-Jetta/_/N-jnoxjZ9cias?counter=1&itemIdentifier=535846_0_0_93172

Posted on May 25, 2011

  • Jeremy Moore
    Jeremy Moore May 28, 2011

    The Stoplight Switch is very simple to remove and replace. What size engine do you have in your 2006 Jetta?

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