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Hi this sounds like the solenoid is sticking, you could try, locating your starter motor, getting a small hammer or a long bar depending on access to the starter and tap it, at the same time, get someone to turn the ignition and hold it to start this sometimes free's the solenoid and makes the vehicle start, if it does start turn engine off, and try again without hitting it, if it works you may have solved the problem but if it still plays up you will need to change the starter
NOTE!! when doing the hitting be sure you are not near any moving parts , if it starts it could cause you injury so just watch where your arms are and all loose clothing is out the way...hope this helps please vote thanks

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Clicking is the starter solenoid-- either not pulling
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We'd need to know more about how you have assessed these components, but something in that chain is still faulty. The symptoms you describe are classic, the sound of the starter solenoid pulling in, and arise almost always from

- a dying battery which cannot hold a full charge, but which can still pull in the starter solenoid, run the radio etc, but not crank the motor
- worn starter solenoid main contacts which cannot close the supply circuit from battery to starter motor
- a dead segment in the starter motor armature which is preventing it from rotating
- a bad ground, usually between motor body and chassis

You have mentioned all these things I know, but that click-click is a first step which still points the same way..

One way to narrow it is to try jump starting your motor from a known good battery or another car with running motor, taking precautions to avoid frying your electronics. If it starts, it is a bad battery you have. If it just clicks, then one of the other causes.

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