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Vehicle will not start or even turn over. It acts like the battery is dead, but I had it checked, and the battery is fully charged. Batter cables are all in good shape, and the ground wire is secure. Under the steering wheel, even with the key out, I keep hearing a clicking sound. The lights on the car do work. The car will start up periodically-perfectly, and it runs great. Is this the starter switch or solenoid?

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It sounds like a starter switch but I have one question, Does it have an alarm with a starter kill switch? If it does I would look at that first. If you have an alarm installed, especially an after market alarm not installed by the factory, look for the power wire near the firewall for the alarm. This will have an inline fuse on it and usually runs along the firewall from the battery to the alarm horn. Remove this fuse. If the problem goes away you most likely have a faulty kill switch. If not then look for the Relay under the steering wheel and replace the relay. If the problem still persist, then look at the solenoid. with clicking under the steering wheel it sounds more like a relay or starter kill switch and being intermittent I would believe the starter kill switch is faulty. Removing power from the alarm circuit will tell you for sure.

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