That was not a typo. Check the cooling fins, not the fans. If you can get to the front of the radiator without the AC condenser being in the way, rub your fingertips over the fins and see if they crumble like a rotten chocolate chip cookie. This is especially common if you live in a state like I do where they throw a pound of salt on an ounce of snow.
This happened to my 1988 Grand Caravan when it was twelve years old. The temperature gauge would start to creep up at anything over sixty mph and sixty degrees. I drove it from Wisconsin to Denver, but it was mostly night driving when the temperature was cool, so I did not have a problem. By two yeas later, it even ran too hot when it was thirty five degrees. The fan turned on like it was supposed to, but the air flow did not do anything.
I used that van to drag around a tandem-axle enclosed trailer that was bigger and heavier than the van, and with that radiator, I could keep the temperature down by running the front and rear heaters on high. Problem was I was taking that trailer to the nation's second largest old car show swap meet which is always the first weekend after the Fourth of July, so it is always hot outside. Running the heaters is not what you want to do on a hot summer day! I finally had to get a new radiator. I patched so many holes in it that I was spending more time at that than sleeping! With the new radiator, the temperature stayed normal, even when pulling that trailer on a hot day.
Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 AT 1:31 AM