my solenoid was clicking ok so I thought starter was bad. I took it out just to see how it looked so I could tell at the store if it's it. I put it back in and was gonna push-start my car to go buy a new starter. When I turn the key it worked ok. The cables were not too bad so I think the problem is internal.It's worked several times now. Should I go get another starter after all?
You can whack a failing starter and most times it will work. What probably happened was that during your installation you whacked it (umm....I mean wacked the STARTER) and that's why it's working, but you are on borrowed time.
You can hook a starter up to a battery and check it that way, but be carefull, they've got a lot of tourgue and will twist in your hand. I'd use the positive battery cable from the car you pull the starter from. Check around though, you can probably have your starter rebuilt for like $40-$60 and they might be able to do it while you wait.
I had the same problem, "click, click, click". Talked to the dealer to see if I can replace the solendid. Nope, need to replace the starter. Shop around for the best price with a lifetime warranty. Mine cost over $200 bucks a year and a half ago. I have SR20DE motor no wonder it cost so much. Go head and replace the starter, save yourself the headache.