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Automatic headlights not working on Ford Taurus

Problem Description and Possible Solution

Multiple owners have reported instances of the automatic headlights not functioning properly. Possible causes are failure of the sunload sensor, the light switch, or the Smart Junction Box (SJB). Professional electrical diagnosis is recommended before replacement of any parts. 

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 203,829 (73,000–1,400,000)
12 model years affected: 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, more2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
33 people reported this problem
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when i turn the automatic light switch on my healghts dont come on but my running(parking) lights do
Just parking lights come on when sensor senses it is dark out. Headlights work when turned on manually.
the automatic light on my car are not working. only the parking light come on and that is all. I have not got it fixed yet
Ford taurus... Only running lights come on when driving at night.
Automatic headlights wont come on if the car is started with the swith in auto, and the car under bright lights, such as at a gas station or in front of a store at night. Like the light sensor is saturated and when you get to the road the sensor still thinks it's daylight.
running lights come on when but have to manually turn on headlamps
THE AUTO ON LIGHT DOESN'T WORK. The LIGHT SENSOR FAULT ERROR, REPLACED WITH NEW SENSOR BUT NO DIFFERENCE, AUTO LIGHTS STILL DIN'T WORK.
parking lights come on but not headlights in auto .... works fine manually
Auto headlights sense darkness but only the parking lights come on for "auto". headlights must be turned on manually
Automatic headlights not working when i clicked them on
Auto lights dont come on anymore
Exactly as reported in reported by ramsrn1.
Electronic problems started with drivers door not responding then auto lights quit working inside dome light doesn't come on when driver's door opens but will come on if any other door opens. Now car has failed to start repeatedly. Got new battery don't think that fixed it but battery was going bad.nothing is fixed otherwise.