Bad Starter or Seized Motor? 2011 XC
Well I finally got my Vic in April (been wanting one since 2011 test ride), went to fire it up yesterday and just heard a >click<, in neutral and 1st gear. Battery is reading 12.5V with ignition on, drops to 11.9-12.1v when pressing the start switch. Cluster and headlights are bright. She's a 2011 XC with 14k miles, previous owner just changed the oil, but its looking pretty greyish.
She's been running just fine, except occasionally would just give me a partial turn over and freeze, but would start up on the next button press or 2.
Did some research on some of the other threads on here. This is what I've tried:
-Confirmed voltage to solenoid.
-Confirmed voltage past solenoid (and to the starter) with start switch pressed.
-Jumped (+) battery terminal to bolt terminal on starter. Nothing happened, not a hum, click, or even an arc/spark.
-Pulled my Corolla beside it and WITH THE ENGINE OFF connected the batteries as if to jump it. Same solitary >click<.
-She moves fine in neutral, but I cannot get her to move in 6th, though I havent tried rolling her down the parking ramp and popping the clutch at 5-10mph b/c I'm afraid of dumping her or further screwing up the problem. I DO hear the fuel pump engange and something whiring behind my right leg when rocking her back in forth in 6th.
I'm going to recheck all the connections in a few minutes, and try grounding the starter case to the (-) terminal of the battery and hitting the start switch. Also might try pulling her back while pressing start.
Any advice would be great, or how to confirm my engine isnt seized. I'm taking/towing her to Stroker's in Dallas tomorrow, where the new starter will be $500ish installed. I'd do it myself (found aftermarkets for ~$100), but I live in an apartment and really don't have a good spot to take off the exhaust and keep it pretty.
Thanks for the help, sorry for the long post.