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Engine runs between normal and upper normal temp

I was stuck in bumper to bumper traffic at near 100 degree temp, suddenly my a/c started blowing warm air and the engine temp started to rise but never reached H. I turned off the a/c and proceeded out of traffic and as I drove the engine temp was back to the middle of normal. When I was safely at my destination I realized that the condenser fan had broke and the radiator fan was not working. I checked the fuse to the radiator fan and it was blown so I replaced it. I also replaced the thermostat for good measure. I ordered a new condenser fan and have not used the a/c since, but I do notice that the engine temp fluctuates between middle normal as I am driving and it climbs to higher normal but does not reach H as I go into traffic or stop lights. Could this be the water pump or an air lock as previously described. How can I tell if it is the water pump. I don't wanna have to replace the water pump if I can avoid it due to the cost of the part and even higher cost of labor for replacing it. Also, how beneficial is the thermostat in regions where it is always hot? Could it run without it? Please advise.

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Don't run the car without a thermostat. It helps the car to reach operating temps quickly. also helps burn off blow by gasses by keeping the temps up and steady. check your radiator level once driving a few miles. Their may have been some air pockets that purged and need to be replaced with additional fluid.

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