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2008 gp, 3.8 won't start. Click heard behind glove

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2008 gp, 3.8 won't start. Click heard behind glove compartment- no starter engagement. Have 12.8 Volts, battery charged. Have cleaned battery terminals and have bright lights.
JA: Where exactly do you think the noise is coming from? And how long has this been going on?
Customer: It's not real loud- starter relay? Car just wouldn't start after sitting a few days, like a dead battery/ not enough power to engage starter. Tried jump-pack and charged battery- no difference. Dash lights go out and gauges spike when turned to start.
JA: What is the model of your '08 Pontiac?
Customer: grand prix
JA: Are you fixing your Grand Prix yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Just charging, clean batt terminals, checked fuses. Friend says to check voltageon solenoid wire when starter switch engaged. Don't mind towing it if needed, but would like to check possibilities. Bad relay or starter? Did not act "weak" before.
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: That is all I can think of.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Pontiac
Expert:  Jerry replied 9 months ago.

Hello and welcome. My name is ***** ***** you for visiting the site, I am reviewing your question and will reply shortly, thanks.

Expert:  Jerry replied 9 months ago.

What is the voltage at the "S" terminal of the starter when the key is turned?