So, the craziest thing happened this weekend. I jump in the car, turn the key and CLICK....turn the key again and CLICK! My initial thought was...205k it has to be the starter. Solenoid clicks, starter won't spin, it must have went bad.
So, I ran all the normal checks to be sure:
Battery have enough power? Yes.
Continuity to the starter? Yes.
Grounds all good? Yes.
All the fuses good? Yes.
Continuity from the switch to the starter? Yes.
Relay? No, the solenoid wouldn't get any power if the relay was faulty.
Ignition Switch? No, the solenoid wouldn't get any power if the switch was faulty.
Took the battery and starter connections off and made sure they are all clean and tight? Done.
Jump start, to ensure it is getting max power...still nothing.
What else is there? It's getting power obviously, the solenoid is clicking, the starter has to be bad. So, I run up to my friendly Advance Auto and pick-up a starter, and throw her on there. I turn the key and CLICK.... What the heck???? So, I pull it out (they come out so easy) and run it up to Advance to have them check it. I figured, maybe I got a bad re-manufactured starter. Nope, runs great....gosh what the heck?
I figured I checked everything, so I called my Dad and asked him what I missed. He went through the all the checks he would do and concluded it has to be the starter. Finally he says, "Humor me, run one of those booster cables from the battery to the starter." I replied, "But we already checked the continuity, it was good." Again he says, "humor me". So, I do it and she fires right up.
In conclusion, the continuity was there, but an unseen break in the middle of the battery cable allowed the solenoid to activate but not let the starter spin. It makes sense, the starter draws a lot of amps, it needs as much of that wire as possible. I found it interesting, a whole afternoon of checks and pure frustration....and it was a freakin $8 battery cable. She is 25 years old, so I went ahead and replaced the ground too.
I thought I would share my experience, in case you run into the same issue in the future. Best of luck my friends!