When jump starting, the jumper cables have to be of sufficient capacity, failing which the starter would not be able to crank.
If the noise is continuos ticking and the dash indicator lights dims, it could be the battery or starter.
If you have a volt meter, attach it across the battery terminals and check the voltage. It should be at least 12.4 V and when trying to crank, it should not drop below 11 volts.
If both above test good, give the starter some knock with a mallet and retest.
Monday, November 22nd, 2010 AT 6:36 PM