Getting warmer here in Michigan. The old Focus I bought over the winter is starting to overheat. All good when moving (runs at 94C), but idling at a stop, it gets up to about 114C before the fan kicks on. I've read a lot of threads here (thanks for the help all) and I'm confident that the problem is the famed resister. Some of the threads have been asking for cheap work-arounds, etc., as the resister costs about $50.
Why not just solder a jumper wire into the burned out resister to bypass the burned out element? Or even cutting off the plug (drastic) and connecting the two wires together. A lot of vehicles don't have two speed cooling fans. Either on or off. The fan will be noisier on high and kick on and off more often, but to me that is not a problem.
Has anyone tried this?