I sent this to flatlander already and he gave me his advice which I value greatly but I figured I could use some other advice too just in case the problem still persists. Sorry for the long read but please try to help me
Last Monday I was driving back from Myrtle Beach (its like a 4.5ish hour drive). About halfway through my check gauges light came on and my temp gauge went through the roof. I immediately pulled over and let it sit for a few minutes. I started my Jeep again and my temp had gone down a little bit but it still was hot. I let it sit for a few more minutes and cranked it up again, the temp had gone down a bit more. So I checked the coolant and it seemed ok so I was confused. I didnt want to mess my Jeep up so I called AAA to tow me home. When the tow man got there he pointed out a gray grocery bag that had wrapped itself around the big nut that holds the fan assembly to the water pump (I dont know how I missed this; I guess if you arent looking for something its hard to see it). Anyways I guess the bag was keeping the fan from spinning right. I then cut/pulled out as much of the bag as I could but I couldnt get it all. I cranked my Jeep and let it sit for ten-ish minutes and the temp was constant at 210. Anyways I drove it home (another 100 miles or so) and the temp remained around 210 the whole way. I thought it was ok.
Then the next day I went to my girlfriends apartment (30 minutes away) and the temp still sat around 210. The next morning I was coming home and when I got off at my exit the check gauges light came on and the temp gauge skyrocketed again. I was only a mile away so I turned the heat on full blast and the temp gauge went down to 215-220. Later that day I replaced the thermostat (a 195 degree) and I cut out a little more of the bag (there doesnt seem like much left but I cant get the rest out without taking the fan clutch off. Plus the fan seems to be spinning as free as ever). Anyways it seemed ok and last night I drove it about 35 miles and it stayed around 210 the whole way.
Then, today I took it on a long trip to get a hardtop. About 35 miles into the trip I saw the temp gauge start creeping up. Before it hit the red I turned the heat on and rode the rest of the way (another two hours) with the heat on (my girlfriend is still whining about that one); the gauge was around 215 the whole time. On the way back home I stopped to get a drink and when I cranked it again it idled very rough and at a very low RPM (like 3-400) (and it did this the other day too). Today, though, it actually cut off on me twice. Before it cut off the second time the check gauges light came on and the temp went high (in the red). The third time it cranked I gave it some gas to get the RPMs up and cranked the heat. The temp sat at 215 for the rest of the way home (100 miles).
Also, when I got home I noticed my passenger floorboard was very wet.
Thats the whole story. I hope yall can help me!