Start by measuring the voltages I mentioned. You could be right about the starter, but let's make a few checks first. It seems unlikely a starter would develop a problem just from sitting for three years.
Also, jumper cables are dandy for slowly putting a charge back into a dead battery, but with the high current required to crank the engine, they will have a huge voltage drop. That can cause misleading results. If you don't have a digital voltmeter or know how to use one, I can walk you through it. (I apologize if you already know this). Harbour Freight tools has a cheap little voltmeter on sale for three bucks. Sears has them too, for probably around 15 or 20 bucks. It doesn't have to be fancy.
Monday, March 22nd, 2010 AT 9:46 PM