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I have an 81 w123 240d with a manual trans. I recently parked and came back in a couple hours. When I turned the key to the start position nothing happened and I couldn't hear a click or anything. The battery seemed to be charged and the instrument cluster lights were on. I tried bridging the connections on the starter between the solenoid and starter motor connections on the top of the starter. The solenoid didn't throw and the motor didn't spin. There were some small sparks but not like what you usually get when you try to activate a starter in this way. Fortunately I was on a hill and started the car by rolling down the hill and popping the clutch. I drove home. On the way none of the idiot lights were on ( the alternator appeared to be working). When I killed the engine I tried to restart it and it started in the usual way . I tried several times and it started every time. I went to the starter again and bridged the solenoid and starter motor connections. This time the starter motor spun but the solenoid didn't throw. Does anyone know what's going on here? It's not hilly enough around here to count on starting it by rolling it. I would appreciate any advice. Thanks.