Changed my coolant temperature sensor 24 hr ago on 2002 Volkswagen Passat

My temp. needle gauge would stay at 90. When i ran the diagnostic i got a code p1296 so i assumed it was the coolant sensor because i have no symptom that i have a bad thermostat. I have hot heat,car does not overheat, mileage same. I changed the sensor 24 hr ago after my needle gauge started working right, but today i notice the check engine light still does this mean its the thermostat ? If not what else could it be ?

by in Fresno, CA on January 05, 2014
2 answers 8 comments
ANSWER by on January 05, 2014
Are you sure of a P1296? Doesn't have a 1296 on that model. Has a P1295 and P1297.
COMMENT by on January 05, 2014
Yes my obd is giving me the code p1296 cooling system malfunction
ANSWER by on January 05, 2014
In addition, it is going to take awhile and a few start ups for the light to go out! You coud just get a repair shop or someone with a code reader to turn it off. If it comes back on with the same code, check the wires and connector to the sensor. You said the temp gauge is ok now so just have the light turned off.
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COMMENT by on January 05, 2014
1295 and 97. Is in turbo area. Coolant is not prob. A little help please
COMMENT by on January 05, 2014
Google P1296. Trying to help! It did fix the gauge.
COMMENT by on January 05, 2014
Looked on Mitchell under specific vehicle and wasn't there.
COMMENT by on January 05, 2014
Found it on google. Just took a shot at it.
COMMENT by on January 05, 2014
I turned it off i wasnt sure if it was normal to still be there.
COMMENT by on January 05, 2014
How? With your code reader?
COMMENT by on January 05, 2014
Yes i erased it. The engine light is no longer on i have a obd