Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Gastonia, NC - Born & raised in Connecticut - 31 years
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Many good suggestion and most of which I have and would also try myself.
My experience with this seemed the solenoid on the starter would go bad. When younger, I didn't know what I know today about the heat shield that is available to protect the solenoid from the exhaust manifold heat. I ran my cars hard and the solenoid most likely got pretty hot at times and burned 'em up. I used to keep a spare solenoid in my trunk at all times, no matter what Pontiac I happen to have registered at the time. I got pretty good at dropping a starter in a parking lot, installing a new solenoid, bolting it back up, and going about my business in about 20-30 minutes.
If you turn your ignition key on, does the red generator light on the dash come on? It should. If not, then perhaps you are not getting power to the switch. If you get the "gen" light and no start, it could be the ignition switch, but don't decide quite yet before doing other checks.
Now it has been a while since I have done this, so somebody correct me if I am wrong, please. You could use a test light to make sure you have power at the starter solenoid at the 12V BAT terminal. Then put your test light on the "S" (purple wire) terminal. It should light up when you turn the ignition key all the way just as you would to start the engine. If test light lights up, but engine does not turn, my guess is it is the solenoid or the starter. If it does not light up, then it could be the contacts inside the ignition switch have gone bad (this happened on my Lemans -they do wear out), or the purple wire to the solenoid has issues.
Things that can pose a problem that can be checked, corroded battery cable, bad ground cable, solenoid, the starter itself, neutral safety switch on an automatic (try it in neutral & park and jiggle it to test -short of it gone flat bad), wires going to the solenoid as described, ignition switch gone bad. I am pretty familiar with jumping the solenoid terminals with a long screwdriver (could never afford a remote starter switch) as I had to do that a number of times as well. Was easy as I had no heat shield and stock manifolds.
Just do your checks step by step to eliminate/narrow down the problem. Get stumped, just post an update and let us know what you did or need to do.