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  1. Added to that, if the new radiator wasn't flushed before fitting (coolant & ATF) there may be all sorts of storage debris in the cooler, which is now in your transmission. Talk to your garage because the may be liable for any repairs.
  2. No, that's not true. The transmission is also cooled and the fluid runs through the radiator. The lines have to be disconnected during the replacement and the system topped up to replace the fluid lost in the old radiator.
  3. It depends what was done to the car during its recent repair. Fill it with the wrong ATF and yes, it will fail suddenly. I rebuilt the limited slip diff on my Corvette years ago, which has wet clutches like an auto box. I filled it with generic LSD oil and the noise was horrendous. I was advised to use only GM oil, so I changed it (reluctantly) and it was perfect.
  4. Might not be the battery though. There's all sorts of things to go wrong, like fluid and cooling pumps etc but for everything that can go wrong there's usually something that can't. Your starter motor can't fail because there not one, the alternator can't fail either. The engine is started by the traction motor, which also charges the batteries. The CVT transmission (contrary to popular belief) is less complicated than on ordinary Auto Transmission.
  5. The garage may have contaminated the fluid, when they changed the rad or just not topped it up with the correct fluid. I'm more confident now that a change of fluid will sort this problem.
  6. I'd just do a drain and refill for a start, just to see if there's any improvement. If it's better but not perfect, I'd go on and flush a couple of times. It's worth spending a few quid to try to salvage it because a replacement transmission or expensive repair is not really an option. If it works you've won, if it doesn't you're not out a fortune.
  7. Start by changing the fluid. Most car manufacturers say the transmission fluid is good for the life of the car but they seriously under estimate just how long we keep these things running. As far as the manufacturer is concerned the life of your car was over ten years ago. 🙂
  8. I thought that would be too obvious to mention but there you go, apparently not for some people.
  9. That's why I said "Buy a 450h with service history"
  10. As long as it's been serviced by a Lexus dealer, it will have a certificate. It matters not, where it's bought from.
  11. Don't worry about the battery, they rarely go wrong. Buy a 450h with service history and it will come with Hybrid health check certificate.
  12. A standard meter will check for codes but many of the codes are Toyota specific, so to understand some of the codes, you'll need a laptop with Techstream loaded. Your standard meter however is a good starting point.
  13. I managed to repair one of my calipers this way but when I found the cheap ones, I just replaced both with new.
  14. Any car with a Lexus service history will come with an annual Hybrid Health Check certificate. If it's not got one and the seller won't get one (it's only about £40) walk away, If it has a service history and you're happy with the general condition and price, buy it with confidence.