Originally Posted by edsperfect
no voltage across the hot and ground. Hit the start button on the unit, at the unit, and i get a soft clicking for about 5-8 seconds. NO cranking, the clicking is not loud as when a battery is dead or dying. just a soft clicking
Where are you reading voltage in this test?
I think the earlier suggestion was to read voltage across either the switch contact, or the starter solenoid contacts.
Either one is normally an open contact that requires something to cause it to clise( your finger for the switch, or electricity for the solenoid).
When open, you should read voltage ( probably about 13.? Volts).
When closed, good contacts will gave very little resistance (low resistance can also be measured as voltage drop). You should read very little voltage across the contacts when closed.
In addition to previous recommendations, monitoring your battery voltage while trying to start, as well as measuring somewhere close to the starter can rule out bad wires and possibly bad grounds.
Good luck, let us know what you find!