My starter motor has failed.
Turned the key, and all I could hear was the click click of the solenoid (or rather what I think is the solenoid) and no engine crank.
Well, nothing lost, nothing gained (car needs a tow anyway) so I thought to remove the starter and have a look.
I dug down deep (past the bloody plenum where some loony engineer had decided to mount wire retaining clips on the underside (argh!!) ) and found the starter.
When I dismounted it, I noticed another wire in the starter motor area, that was not connected to anything (see image below) what is this from ?
I did not purposely disconnect anything resembling it, and it is connected by a small plastic tie to the other two starter connectors, so I don't know... could it be related to my starter motor issue ?
I have since tried Sylvester Stallone's test:
and the starter seems to work fine, it spins and it clicks, so whats the story, you think ?