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Sounds like the starter is going bad it is located on the engine no pun intended . The starter will be located where the engine and the transmission come together that is called the bell housing. The starter starts the car by way of the fly wheel dont worry you cant see the fly wheel just a little FYI. If you change it your self make sure to unhook the battery first to prevent a spark.
The starter is under the intake manifold on top of the engine. You have to remove the intake to gain access! I know stupid right!? You may also have a bad Flywheel so check it really good. Once you remove the starter (after you remove the intake) you will be able to see the flywheel.
Be sure this car doesn't have a starter relay, you can can purchase a cd repair manual on ebay motors that has a electrical component locate in the software, this is a valuable tool to have, great deal for the $20.00. Hopefully this is not an ignition switch they are a pain to do you will need a steering wheel puller amongst other tools not commonly found in the laymans tool chest such as metric torx wrenches etc. check the replace the starter relay first if warranted then do the ignition switch be sure to check all fuses in the fuse block located in engine compartment if equipped.
When you go to start the engine you are actually sending power from the ignition switch through a 20 amp fuse [crank fuse] then through the Park/Nuetral safety start switch and finally to the starter relay [located at the center rear of the engine compartment] This relay then sends a more powerful current flow down to the starter solenoid located on top of the the starter which then closes and allows full battery voltage from the large battery cable to energize and spin the starter. I don't think I've ever had to replace a starter relay on these but have replaced a large number of starters with bad solenoids and bad Park/nuetral switches. The "crank" fuse could also be bad but that is also pretty rare.
1. Check the Starter Relay located in the PDC = Power Distribution Center located in the engine compartment on the left side. Remove the cover. The Fuse and Relay location/identification should be on the back (inside) of the cover. Also check your owners manual for addtional information on the Fuse and Relay identification/location.
2. After locating the Starter Relay: There should be a Spare Relay; IF NOT then LOCATE a non-engine operation Relay (on a function that works!) of similar Type and Size and switch these out. Again check for Starter Operation. If this works: then the original Relay is bad and must be replaced. If it does not work, and the other non-engine function you switched out with does still work, then the Relay was not the problem.
If this does not work:
3. With a partner at the wheel: You go under the front of the vehicle. Locate the Starter which should be on the front of the engine. Using a heavy gage jumper wire. Touch one end of the jumper wire to the large (red) wire connection (bolt/nut). Touch the other end to the main body of the Starter Motor. The Starter has two components: the Starter Solenoid and the Starter Motor. They are integrated/combined into one unit. The Starter Solenoid is the Smaller of the cylindrical shapes. The Starter Motor is the Larger of the cylindrical shapes. Have your partner turn the Key to the Start Position. If it Starts, then the Starter Solenoid is bad and the Starter (Solenoid & Motor) Unit must be replaced.
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if it cranks the starter should be good. remove the air intake from the intake manifold. you need to spray starting fluid down the throttle body and see if it starts. the feul pumps go bad on these because of bad wiring. you probaly have a bad pump
Try Jump starting it first. Eliminate the factor of a low battery, or a bad battery. If after having the jumper cables connected for at least a minute while the other vehicle is running it continues to click then you could have a bad starter. Most front wheel drive cars the starter is near the bottom of the engine between the block and the radiator. If its not there then it will have to be jacked up high enough for you to get underneath it and look just behind the engine. The easiest way to locate a starter is to find the largest wire that comes off the Positive (Red) post of the battery and follow it to the engine. Also check for a bad wire connection, both the postitive and negative wires to the battery, and the negative that connects to the engine block, as well as the starter postive. Loose and dirty or corroded connects can give fits as well. If your not sure, remove the starter and take it to a name brand parts store that can test starters. If it shows bad have them double test it, you can even bring it to a second place for a recheck. There are places that can rebuild starters, but its not recommended for the inexpeireneced to try it alone, due to there usually not being a fuse to the starter, a broken wire in the starter can cause a short which can cause serious damage to the battery even causeing an explosion or blowing apart the connector or the battery cable.
Your starter relay is on the starter itself. I THINK the starter is located on the left side of the engine. Which would be while standing directly in front of the vehicle looking under the hood down between the radiator and engine. Starter should be under the exhaust manifold. Mounted between the engine and transmission. I did say THINK it's on the left. But very well could be on the other side. Hope I gave the answers that you needed. Good luck and best wishes to you.