Yes, the symptom described indicates the solenoid is not contacting to provide the power to the starter field coils.
If the solenoid clicked when ignition is turned and power is not present at field coil, that would confirm a bad solenoid contact.
There are 2 types of starters and for one of it, the contacts can be replaced. The solenoid is not visible and enclosed in a arrow shaped housing if looked from rear.
If the solenoid is the cylindrical type, it is non serviceable. You can however replace the solenoid without replacement of the complete starter. It would be good to look at the starter carbon conditions before proceeding with repairs. If they are worn, getting a new or rebuilt starter would be the better choice.
Sunday, July 12th, 2009 AT 12:40 AM