2010 GMC Terrain SLE AWD not starting
I have a 2010 GMC Terrain SLE AWD which recently showed an intermitent issue while trying to start the vehicle: 1) entered the vehicle, turned the key on and there would be quick noise (for a second or so) coming from the starter and car simply would not start, with another attempt in succession same thing, then another attempt and luckly the car would start up. Same happened while trying to start the vehicle with the remote start: whenever I would press the start button there would be quick rumble noises coming from starter, so I persisted pressing the button and the same quick rumble noise would continue and then at some point there would not noise at all (as if the starter had died of an almost sudden death). Now the vehicle is stranded, and whenever I try to turn the key to start it there may be a quick rumble noise at first comiing from the starter and then c'est fini.
Hopefully, it is nothing with the engine itself: is there any way to test if the engine is turning by using a long ratchet wrench without raising the car? Since I am aware of recalls for this engine related to engine issue and a starter would not be able to turn a seized engine (knock on the wood!).
To make matters worse the car stranded in the gravel, and I would have to move it to a different surface in order to jack it up. Would the starter be on the passenger side? Would it be possible to hit the starter with a bar+hammer without raising the vehicle ?
I also tried switching the starter relay with the relay for the fog ligths for no avail, so it should be not a relay issue. Battery is new and good (loaded tested it)
Any insights would appreciated.