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To begin with I hope everything goes well with you. Plugged radiator can be the issue here. Warm the vehicle up, when it is at operating temperature turn the engine off. and feel the radiator. (being careful with the fan you are a mechanic you know the rules) If the radiator plugged no amount of back flushing will remove it.
The clock goes crazy at a start of a click? This is evidence of a loose battery terminal , clean the terminal tighten it and it should be good. But just don't limit to battery terminals there is a connection at the fuse box, make sure that is tighten down also.
Need to have this tested for a headgasket problem
Bad intake manifold gasket, and it can put a lot of coolant into the oil, If you do the intake gasket inspect it is very noticeable that it is a intake gasket
Where it connects to the filter assembly, it is a Yes, there is a copper gasket that is included with the oil filter, this again is in some brand oil filter.
Unless the code reader has body control or B code capability then yes if its just a code reader then No.
There a faint noise? When you turn the key on with a good battery the engine should crank if the engine does not crank either the battery terminal has a bad or poor connection which needs to be resolved.
You can ask where ever you bought it form about warranty, When a cam retard event occurs this is the camshaft that goes flat, the fix which I recently have done many times is to replace the cam gears on both sides of the Bank and the timing belt tensioner. this resolve the cam retard concern.
Do not rely on the codes, what the CK ENG LT program is for is to protect the catalytic convertor and the catalytic convertor is to protect the environment. Driving a short distance smoke and a swirl sound and fishy smell this is a coolant leak, a pressure test of the cooling system is the best way to approach the situation
Whenever you let off the gas just to allow you to shift what you are doing is allowing transmission pressure to apply more pressure it needs to the clutch packs, this is a sign of low hydraulic pressure, it would nice to say a new transmission filter and fluid will fix the issue, this is a internal mechanical concern .