after rebuilding the top end on my '94 vision tsi, i was driving it to my other house to pick up some tools in it. on the way back it stalled at a light, no prob. i just started it back up. then two minutes later the car just died. right before it died, i thought i heard the engine squeal. i called a friend and i tried to jump it. but before i jumped it, i tested the battery and it had 12volts even. we tried jumping it, but w/ no luck. then i called aaa to tow it to my house. once it got home, i checked the battery to see if it had any water in it. to my amazment, it was dry. so i knew that battery was toast. i tried another battery and the started was just clicking. so i took it out and tested it w/ the battery and i just saw the solenoid only being activated, but not turning. right now i dont know what it is that made the car die...i know it has to be electrical not fuel related.
on a side note...when i was trying to jump my car, i smelt wiresburning and saw smoke come out under the exaust manifold where the starter is...is this a sign of the starter being bad...or do i have a short somewhere?