Ok, so this question has been asked a hundred times... I should know, I read the volumes of archived posts!.
But, my starter is acting very strangely... I will be very detailed as to what is going on to give you a good idea.
Here is the situation. I hadn't started the car in about 2-3 weeks. I hop in, and turn the key...
It cranks for a little bit, but isn't starting. I've been having a little bit of a hard starting problem, so I am not surprised. I let it crank like that for about 5-10 seconds. Then, I stopped.
I sat for a few seconds and had another go at it. This time it starts cranking again... but just a little bit slower. I cranked for a few seconds and then stopped.
Then, I give it another try... and "click click!" I try again... "click click." Voltometer is reading 12 volts. Dome light does dim a little bit when turning the key.
So, I try to jump it with a screwdriver. Lots of sparks and the motor is turning. At least... I can hear a "Vvvvvvvv" noise like a motor turning... but it isn't engaging the flexplate. No screeching either, so I don't think it is hitting the flexplate... I believe it is shimmed down enough.
Get back in the car thinking perhaps there is just a dead spot. Turn key... "click click"...
I turn the key a few times and suddenly it catches... but only gives a weak, slow crank. Try again several more times... "click click" a few times... then another slow crank. Tried playing with the shifter thinking neutral safety switch... but when I disconnect the switch there is no "click" at all... plug it back in and get the "click."
Starter is a pretty new mini-starter. Never had a problem before like this. All other electrical stuff is working fine (lights, wipers).
Bad solenoid? Any thoughts?
What to try next?! I've got the battery on a charger right now... but don't think it is going to help.