nothing wrong with the resistor
will continue troubleshooting over the next few days. I cleaned the ends of the fuse and the fans will come on with the a/c after a brief period of time (I thought they were supposed to come on the moment the a/c button was pushed). The ambient conditions were not favorable for driving the engine temp up much today.
In the CD rom it refers to doing something called "bridging plug on coolant temp sensor or on the pressure switch for aux fan" to test the function. What exactly does this mean?