So I'm pretty sure the temp sensor is working. It doesn't come on when i kick the ac on either. I replaced the resistor and it great for about a week then tonight started overheating again. Any other suggestions?
Fans are switched on and off by the temp. sensor, but only indirectly. The sensor cannot switch the high currents demanded by fan motors, but it CAN switch a relay on and off, the relay having heavy contacts able to turn motors on and off.
The intermittent operation could easily be caused by burnt relay contacts; surprised no one mentioned it. If this system uses a "CCRM" (Constant Control Relay Module), as my '94 GT had, note HAD, no more, you can't access only the fan relay. The CCRMs contain several relays, fan, fuel pump, etc.
Since it's intermittent, I would throw in a manual switch, turn on and offable while driving, and see if the overheat goes away. Doing that would eliminate several possible causes: "tune", temp. sensor, fan motor, wiring harness, etc. Lot of trouble, sure. Or go ahead and replace the CCRM, or fan relay, if accessible alone.