I'm glad to help. Honestly, let me know what you find after your friend looks it over for you. I'm not interested in making money, but rather helping. I have a feeling the engine is fine and there is a problem with the ignition switch, starter, or starter relay. Have your friend check those things. In fact, if you are there, have him check for power to the small wire on the starter while you turn the key to the start position. He should get 12+ volts. If he does, have him remove the starter (disconnect the battery first), and take the starter to a parts store. Every store that I have ever been too has will bench test them for free.
If there is no power, ask him/her to check for power to the starter relay. If there is power in and not out, replace the relay (a cheap fix). If there is no power to the relay, then we need to check the ignition switch on the steering column (not the tumbler where the key goes, but rather the electrical switch that the tumbler attaches to).
Let me know what you find, and don't worry. Based on everything you mentioned, I feel confident the engine is fine. The oil you see could be a slight leak from the drain plug, oil filter, oil pan gasket. Small oil leaks are very common on cars when they start getting older. Speaking of luck, I live in Pennsylvania. I have a huge brake fluid leak. It's 2 degrees and I just went down my driveway, hit the brakes, felt a pop, and the pedal almost went to the floor. Not a good feeling. It's old, but always runs. It's an old Dakota with 220K on it and I use it to plow my driveway, so I need it. I'm starting to hate snow. Even though I need to fix it now, I look at it like this. I have no car payment, it always gets me where I have to go, and if I have to put a few bucks in it from time to time, it's better than a 4 or 5 hundred dollar car payment every month. IT's a 93, so it has served me well, and I plan to keep it for another 100K.
Ovi, I have to ask where you are from. I noticed that you ended your note with "Cheers". Over the years, I have had many people end their post with that and was wondering if you are in a different country, or where the dialect is from. You can let me know if you want. If you don't, I understand.
Take care, don't worry, and I'll be looking for your post on Monday.
Sunday, January 10th, 2010 AT 9:39 PM