My 98 Cirrus (V6 automatic) is not starting. The battery is working fine and it lights up everything…the wipers, headlight, the turn signals etc… But when I turn on the ignition…nothing. I hear a mild thud followed by a brief hissing sound when I turn the key from the 1 position to the 2 position (referring to a 0-1-2-ignition key positions)…like “thuh…sssssss.” It seems it comes from the underside of the car. Then when I turn from the second key position to start the engine, I get no response at all. I tried putting the gear in park / N…but no difference.
The weird thing is, approx 15 min before I attempted to start the car, I had to drive the car across the parking lot. It ran fine at that time. Could it be a fried starter motor?