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didnt state type of vehicle ---check power to starter if no power need to check relays -ignition system-key,switch,wiring [some cars key fob]-if power to starter have starter tested solenoid possible bad ,starter short.
Good Evening. What your problem sounds like is that your starter is not turning over, which is from not getting any power. Either the direct power from the battery or the trigger wire (which is the smaller wire attatched to your starter). The trigger wire powers up when you turn your key over, the relay powers up and sends power to your starter trigger wire and turns it over. If you can get underneath and look at your starter get a test light and have someone turn the key and see if the light lights up when you hook it between the small trigger wire and a ground. If not then you need to go back to the starter relay or fuse. If it does light up I would suggest taking your starter off and having it tested at your local parts store.
Is the security light on? If it is you may have to go though a security reset to get it to start again many scanners tell you that the system is tripped and thats why it won't start. Check first to see if the starter and battery connections are good. Take a test light connecte it the the big wire post on the starter, The starter can be seen as you lay on the ground in front of the car and look at the front bottm of the engine. The biggest wire is the battery cable there's other wires under the same nut and they run the reswt of the car, then theres a second smaller wire that comes powered when you turn the key power goes from the key to the nueral park switch, ( reset the car in park or nuetral and try again) them to the starter relay ( in the under hood fuse relay panel, ( it's maked on the indide of the lid) The security computer turns on the ground to this relay to let the car start if all the coditions are met. and them from there to the starter. energise this small bolt on the starter next to the battery cable ( cross power from the bolt to it, It may spark)(sheild eyes) and it should crank it it doesn't the starter can be bad if the battery is up good. or the cables are too dirty as the number one reason for a no start. If it does crank go back and turn the key on and see if it starts and runs crossing the starter if it starts and then dies and you try it again and it does the sane thing the security system is likly to be hiolding you back. If you have the right key. You turn the key on in the run position till the security light goes out, ( 16 minutes or so ) when it goes out turn the key off and then back on and the light will be back on. wait again with the key on for another 15minutes or till the light goes out. The thrird time you do this and the light goes out turn off the key then turn it right back on and try to start the car. It should start and the light should stay out. When your doing all this waiting with the key on turn off anything that may run the battery down radio heater interior lights and if you have been fooling around with it very long before you got to this point you may need to get the battery charged up just to make it though all of this.. A bad battery is the most likly normal reason for your car to do this and hot weather hurts batteries just like cold weather does so it's possible you need a reset and anew battery. Sure it lights the lights and plays the radio but it won't start the motor.
When you say "turn key dash lights go out and all is dead", do the lights come back on when you turn the key back to "off"?
With key off, try turning on your headlights- are they bright?
Flip to high beams-do they get brighter?
**If lights get dim while trying this, it's the battery-(dead/needs charged or replaced-which may have been caused by a bad alternator).
Leave lights on, now turn your ignition switch to "on"-do the lights get dim or go out?
Try and start the car-anything change?
If the lights were fine until you tried to start the car, more than likely your battery terminals need cleaning/tightening.
The lights should at least get dim when you try and start the car but only while the starter turns over: when the engine is running your lights (as well as all your other electrics) are powered by the alternator.
If you do all this and lights are okay all through this procedure, your problem is probably in your starter circuit. (Starter relay, ignition/key switch)
easiest most acurate way to determine if your battery needs to be replaced is to take it to your locale auto parts store and have them test it. As far as the clicking goes a faulty starter or loose connection could cause this symptom as well
Yes, it sounds like your solenoid is bad and staying engaged against the flywheel, you could do an amperage draw and a voltage drop test to find out for sure, but you will need an DVOM and a amp clamp. Or you could take it into an auto parts store and they will test it for free. Hope this helps.