Originally posted by anelson2000
turn the key and there's nothing - perhaps a faint "click" from the engine direction.
Just re-read you original post & realised that I missed the bit above….
The clicking noise will be the solenoid operating…. it clicks every time it operates….click when you turn the key to the start position….click when you release the key from the start position.
You don’t normally hear it click as the starter motor turning masks the noise.
As long as it clicks every time when there is no operation from the starter motor, it shows it is working ok.
I would put my money on a sticking (Dry) starter motor…I have had this on a few cars & the symptoms are exactly as you describe….it will normally get worse over time until no amount of swearing or praying will get it to turn over....however this is when a swift bash with a hammer may just work !
Obviously check the connections first (as per my first post) but if they are ok your next step will be to remove the starter motor & lube up the pinion shaft….use a few drops of engine oil & maybe a smear of grease.
Hopefully this will cure your problem.
Let us know how you get on.