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Is the clicking sound coming from your solenoid?
Thanks for your reply. Do you have a multimeter?
Are you familiar with using a screwdriver to jump across your solenoid posts?
Very good! I would like for you to try something for me. Try jumping your solenoid, and let's see what happens.
Thank you for checking. Next test. Use your multimeter to check for voltage at your starter, when your ignition switch is in start position.
I do not have a wiring schematic, so I will have to fell my way through our troubleshooting. You have two large red cables on your solenoid. How many small wires are attached to your solenoid?
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That wire has a fuse.
This will be fine. No problem. You should have either one or two additional small wires on your solenoid.
Can you take a picture of your solenoid?
No problem. Take a look at the image below
Does the solenoid in the image look like yours?
Another image ...
We will use the second image for reference purposes. Check the voltage on your solenoid post, that I labeled To Battery.
This reading should match your battery voltage. Can you check battery voltage again?
Your readings are too low. I would like for you to do one more test. Check your battery voltage with your key in start position.
Your voltage is dropping too low to activate your solenoid. Do you have a battery charger?