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Can someone tell me why the rear light portion on the tailgate goes off when you open it. Noticed this on my previous VW.
 

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Energy saving presumably.
Not much point in having the lights on when the tailgate is raised.
 

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I wonder if to avoid having wires go from the car into the tailgate, the circuit is probably completed by contact plates when the boot is closed as well - so opening the boot then breaks the circuit - not that I have noticed any contact plates / points.
 

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When the tailgate goes up, if the lights remained on, they would be visible when viewed from the front of the vehicle. Pretty sure it's illegal and that is why the lights in the tailgate extinguish when it's raised.
 
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