What is wrong with my 1998 Chevy Cavalier that will not start or turn over. on 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier

When I turn the key to start the car, all I get is single loud "click". Like hitting a hammer (not too hard) on a metal pipe.

This happened all of sudden with no prior issues at all. The battery is fully charged. The starter relay is good - when I pulled it out I didn't get a click. The dash lights come on and go off when I try to start the car. I read that the check engine light should come on if the computer is okay - no issues there. I checked all the wires going to the starter, including the ground wire - they are all secure with no visible cracks or other issues.

When I listen under the hood, the loud click seems to be coming from the starter itself or maybe even below it? Is it the starter? I've never seen a starter just suddenly fail without warning before?

Asked by for the 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier
3 answers
Just a thought here,my friend owned a much older Chevy Cavalier Z24 (yes different I know) and when her starter stopped working out on the road one day a mechanic stopped to help and pulled out a hammer,gave the starter a couple of taps and sure enough it started! It was a known issue with her car he said and while they should have fixed it on any other models,you might just try it if just to move the car.
'Most likely' the starter has failed. It happens! Replace the starter ASSEMBLY if defective!
It could be the starter selinoid