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Since you are getting a clicking sound it would suggest that you at least are getting power to the solenoid. Can you tell me if you are getting power to the starter when you try to start the engine? How many total terminals are on your solenoid (3 or 4)?
The clicking sound tells me that all of your safety switches are activating and that you are at least getting power to the solenoid. The fuse has to be good and the battery has to at least have some voltage in it.
Have you done a battery load test? I know that you replaced the battery but I have seen even brand new batteries not be fully charged or have a bad cell in them.
Do you have a voltmeter?
But is your battery reading or test being done under a load or just a static test? In order to truly know what condition the battery is in it needs to be load tested. You can do this with a voltmeter and testing the battery when you are actually trying to start the engine. Watch your meter to see what happens when you are trying to crank the engine.
Since all you get is a click it either has to be a bad or low battery or the solenoid is not grounded properly to the frame. With a four post solenoid you rarely ever see the ground be an issue. I would rather think that you have a bad or low battery. You can also check for voltage coming down to the starter as well when you try to start the engine and see what if anything you are getting to the starter post.
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I would be interested to know what they find wrong with it. I still believe that it is a bad or low battery issue. You never did give me the readings if any at the starter post when trying to crank the engine.
The battery can show 12+ volts with no load and when a load is applied if it drops below 8.5 volts it will not crank the engine you will just get a click at the solenoid.