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Temp Gauge not working in 96 Linc. Town Car

I recently had the engine replaced. A $5K Ford Crate motor was trashed with less than 15K miles on it. Ford wouldn't honor their warranty, and said I ran the motor without coolant. Which was ****.  Like I'm going to trash a $5k investment.  So..I replaced it with a used motor (40K miles on it) for $600, plus installation.  Since this replacement, the motor works well and I have no issues with it, except that the Temp gauge is not working now.
When I turn the ignition on, the temp gauge lights up and all bars and temp symbol light up. Once the engine is running, all I get are three bars at the top and three bars at the bottom lit up.  Nothing else.  Is it possibly the temp sending units?  Should I replace them both?
BTW-God works in mysterious ways...huh?!  Ford is now on the ropes, with over $5B in losses for 2008.  Isn't karmic justice GRAND?!!!

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I have found from prior overheating engines that, the temp gauge goes out of calibration. and is never really accurate again. so i usually disconnect the dash gauge and hook up an auxillary gauge.
yes you can try to replace the two sending units but it doesn't always give an accurate temperature.
by the way did you replace the radiator with the new engine?
an old radiator with a new engine is bad luck waiting to strike...

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