Twice now my car engine has stopped cranking mid start. It doesn't seem to be a power problem as the radio, wipers ... all seem to work. The ignition key simply doesn't do anything anymore.
In once case waiting a few seconds resolved the problem and it started right up. In another case I had to roll it down a hill and pop the clutch to get it going.
Most of the time my car just works as expected, it is just these two incidents. I don't want to get stranded somewhere though so I'd prefer to fix it before it happens again.
I am thinking it isn't power since the car likely wouldn't have started that first time if the battery was dead.
In both cases the car did start, it seemed to be limited to the engine cranking, not its ability to actually run.
Could it be the solenoid on the starter? If not, what is the most likely culprit here?