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This is caused by the contacts in the starter solenoid being burnt, the clunk is the solenoid closing, but because of the contact issue no power goes to the starter.motor.

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If the starter turns the engine when you jump from the hot lead to the trigger terminal/ then no further testing is required except that it is possible that the solenoid on the starter may be bad. Usually though they don't go bad all of a sudden and you would have a few weeks where you needed to turn the key a few times before it would engage. You need to check what I mentioned before.

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Testimonial: "There is no click, or any kind of response when I try to start it at switch. Thank you, I will try what you suggested. "

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