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With the car parked and engine idling, turn the ventilation control between windshield defroster and "open air ducts" to front and rear vents. Listen to pinpoint where the valves are that open and closes the air ducts. It sounds like the air duct to rear vents are blocked, and the cold air in rear air duct is coming from "outside ventilation." The air vent to allow hot air to the rear vent is stuck in "open ventilation" mode, like when you're driving in spring or summer months.
u need to take somewhere and have codes scanned (most parts store do this for free) my best guess is it probably a bad coolant temp sensor (u have 2 of them one for gauge and one for computer) one that probably bad is one for computer (should be one with two wires)(one with one wire is for gauge) if temp sensor is reading that the motor hot it will adjust air/fuel ratio for a hot motor but if motor is actually cold it run bad But to know for sure u need to at least get codes scanned
There are a few possibilities. Blown fuse to the compressor clutch, bad clutch, seized compressor, broken belt, low system pressure, or a rock through the coils in front of the radiator causing a leak. Take it to a reputable mechanic for repairs.
Technical Information: When the engine overheats (goes above 220 to 230 degrees), the ECM (Engine Contro Module) will disable the AC (won't let the compressor engage). This is a safety feature of the EMS (Engine Management System) to reduce potential damage to the engine from an overheat condition. Check your coolant level in the radiator & reseviore -- Low coolant level can produce the symptom you describe -- if low, top them off. Inspect your radiator hoses/cooling system for any signs of leakage (crusty deposits of dried coolant). Wherever you find this, that's where it's leaking. If you don't find any signs of leakage, replace the thermostat (& gasket if required (as a precaution) anyway. When the engine overheats, both cooling fans should come ON HIGH! If they aren't/don't, something's wrong and you need to find the cause. Every two to three years the cooling system should be flushed and inspected to ensure proper operation/condition and system protection. Overheating can seriously damage the engine. $$$$. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
I think you could be right about there being air trapped in the system. Or the heater core(radiator) is plugged. Either way you need a pressurized radiator coolant pump to put the coolant in without air being trapped. Although,i have seen it done by jacking the vehicle up high enough that the radiator was now higher than the heater core level, and then the coolant was put in. But this is dangerous to try.