first of all, thanks for all the quick replies!
mr mastercraft, by "check ground at engine", what does that involve doing? when i was checking voltage at the solenoid i was using the engine ground as my negative. the engine ground looked good/very clean
carracer, is there any way to test the solenoid?
i should have said, originally the battery voltage was 12.3, would drop to 12.15 when i turned the key. after putting the battery on a trickle charge for a few hours voltage was 12.7.... that being said, i just realized the date code on the battery is august 2006. does it need to be replaced even though the voltage is still high? not sure how i can test amperage/capacity?
lanyard is good. that was one of my first thoughts...we've been through that one before
what does no click at the starter suggest? could the ignition switch be suspect in these types of problems?