OH. OK, it looks like I did a lousy job of explaining the problem. When I said that "It is as if the wiring to the starter circuit is disconnected", I meant that the starter does not turn. Like no juice is getting to it!
Fact is, the crankshaft sensor has been replaced quite a while back for the kind of problem you just answered for me, and that happened mainly when I stopped for gas...it always happened only at the pump. Go figure. But now it is as if someone removed my starter (or something in the circuit, or something) and put it back in 10 minutes later.
Is there such a thing as a fuseable link connecting this thing??
It does not click. So I will look to try your suggestion the next time. Thanks. It might be tomorrow night, or Friday night. Will keep in touch.
Hey, Greg, I just realized that I don't know where the starter motor or relay are; more importantly: how to access them -- from top or bottom. Nothing on the web is showing me any pictures of them. I'm stuck.
Greg, I think I'm giving up.
I've decided that my starter is where I can't get to it, since I don't have a lift or jack stands. Likely I will never get my hands on the S connector.
Also, thinking back, I have already tried swapping the relay with another identical relay in the under hood fuse box.
If there is no other way to isolate this problem, I will have to wait until I can afford a mechanic.
On the other hand, is there another end of the Starter cable that is easier for me to get to? And where and how?
Thanks. That's a good lead. I'll check with Auto Zone 8-).