Fiat Punto; the starter motor wont respond

hi i was wondering if you could help.
ihave a 98 punto 60 sx.
up to yesterday it started perfectly - 1st time
yesterday however the starter motor will not even turn - no sound is
made (ie. indicating its on its way out or not enough power) i tried to jump start off another car - still the same so i pretty confident it isnt the battery - lights radio etc works.
i put the key in the ignition - code light comes on then off (as per usuall) so i dont think its the emobiliser
does any one know what it could be - is it normal for a starter motor to go just like that . usually they get a bit stook then work on and off?
thanks fearghal,
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Try starting the engine with the headlights on. If the lights go very dim or don't light up bright then the bearing in the starter motor has gone - replce with new or reconditioned starter motor. It could also be that there is a couple of teeth missing from the flywheel on the engine. To check this out try puting the car in first gear - with the engine switched off and stopped, release the handbrake and rock the car forwards and backwards. Pull up the handbrake, put the gears in neutral and then try starting the engine as nirmal. If this works there are a few teeth mi
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Try starting the engine with the headlights on. If the lights go very dim or don't light up bright then the bearing in the starter motor has gone - replace with new or reconditioned starter motor. It could also be that there is a couple of teeth missing from the flywheel on the engine. To check this out try puting the car in first gear - with the engine switched off and stopped, release the handbrake and rock the car forwards and backwards. Pull up the handbrake, put the gears in neutral and then try starting the engine as nirmal. If this works there are a few teeth missing on the flywheel, and the only way to stop this re occurring is to renew it....
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