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Re: Guys I'm in a jam
Did you make it home? I figured you were broke down on the side of the road. Most of the replies also gave tips for this type of situation.
If you need help diagnosing your starting issue, grab a test light and ohm meter and we'll help you trace it down.
I gather from your post that all other electrical devices functioned, just not the starter function. Correct? If anything else was nonfunctional, it might narrow down the search.
Testing will help avoid throwing money at the problem for items that still function well.
You'll need a fully charged battery that is in good condition. So putting the battery on a charger is a good start. Check the fluid levels and fill with distilled water to indicators. You could also charge it and take it to an auto parts store for testing if you don't have the tools to test the battery. Pick up a cheap battery terminal cleaner while you are there. If your battery cables look like hell, you might want to replace them. At the very least you want to clean the terminals, posts. and connectors and mounting points. We can test their resistance, but not directly with an ohm meter. We'll do that when we get a good battery test.
When you turned the ignition, did you hear any clicking sounds or notice that the starter was trying to turn the engine over?
Can you test at the starter with a test light or ohmmeter to see if you are getting power to the purple wire on the S terminal of the solenoid when the ignition key is turned to start? An ohmmeter set to voltage would be best to use so we can record the voltage drop. Please also check and report the voltage seen across the battery terminal posts.