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If the thermostat is bad (i.e. stuck open at all times), this would allow coolant to circulate in the engine even when it is below the desired operating temperature. This leads to OVERcooling of the engine. You can either replace the thermostat as a first step or remove it and test it -- closed when cold, open when heated above 190-200F.
The radiator might have "air pockets". They cause erratic readings at the temperature gauge. Check the system to see if bleeder valves are provided. If they exist, just open the valves allowing air out of the system while filling with coolant until coolant drips from the bleeders. If bleeder valves are not provided, open radiator cap and fill with coolant. Start the engine for about 30 seconds, check coolant level and fill to level if necesary.
Here's the thing. The ECU will shut down AC if the engine temperature is too hot. If the coolant temperature sensor is malfunctioning (lying to the ECU) telling it that the temperature is hotter than it actually is, the computer will turn the AC OFF.
DIAL IN CAB COULD BE AT FAULT, NEED TO GET ANOTHER DAIL GUAGE AND CONNECT TO SENDER, IF SAME COULD BE SENDER, IF STILL THE SAME, PRESSURE VALVE IN BLOCK STICKING DUE TO DIRT OR U/S, OR AT WORSE !!! ENGINE WORN, THIS WILL BE CONSTANT IN MOST CASES, FAULT IN GUAGES ARE NORM INTERMITANT.
change the themostat when you remove the old themostat you should see it stuck in the open postion . before i install the new one i fill the the block with coolant install the new stat run the mtr and heater core until hot iwould also replace the cap