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I have a 2009 lincoln mks. I normally leave my headlights in

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i have a 2009 lincoln mks. I normally leave my headlights in the auto position. The light on the drivers side will come on but then will go off while I'm driving.
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Customer: Like I said I normally leave my headlamps in the auto position so I don't have to worry about turning them on when night falls. The right light works just fine but I find that the left headlight shuts off periodically. It happens when I'm driving. The only way I know when it happens is when I pull up to a storefront window and I can tell by the reflection that it is off
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself?
Customer: yes if possible. i have someone who is looking at it right now but they are saying they can't duplicate the error
JA: Great! What have you tried so far?
Customer: the only thing i normally do is turn the switch for the lights to the right and then back to auto and it comes back on. Like I said I have someone looking at it but they can't seem to reproduce the error
JA: Is there anything else the Lincoln Mechanic should be aware of about your Lincoln?
Customer: someone backed into my car and the headlamp was I said it comes on when I turn on the car but in the course of driving it periodically just goes off
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Lincoln
Expert:  EricFromCT replied 1 year ago.

Hi. The interior fuse panel in your car, the (smart junction box) receives a ground signal from the headlamp switch and then sends power to the headlamps.

Expert:  EricFromCT replied 1 year ago.

There is an internal transistor in the SJB that commonly fails when it gets warm. Replacement of the SJB will fix this. But it is also possible that the ballast in the headlamp is going bad. But if your mechanic wants to verify this to be sure, he should be checking for power on the Brown/Blue wire at the left headlamp when the concern is happening. This would indicate if the sjb is outputting power to the headlamp or not. Do you think this is something your mechanic can check for you?

Expert:  EricFromCT replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for viewing my response on 3/8/2016 at 7:06:52 PM 5 day(s) ago. Respond to Let me know if you have more questions on this or if you have had the SJB checked. And also please rate my service to you. Thank you.