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Check coolant light is on after a new radiator was installed

I had a new radiator installed by a body shop mechanic today.
when I started the car and was about to drive off, the check coolant
light came on. The mechanic checked the reservoir and it was full.
He then suggested me not to worry, it will go off later; It never did.
I drove the car home and the dashboard engine hot indicator never moved. I noticed the indicator seems to never move; even when the
car has rested for a couple of hours. The indicator is always halfway
between C and H. Any suggestions?

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Coolant sensor could have been busted.
since it's not already sensing the presence of your coolant!

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