Here's a little more on whats going on. i shot a quick video so everyone can somewhat see/hear the issue.
As you can kind of hear, there is a hesitation like it's going to try to start, then a slight whine, and then nothing. Still no clicking, it just doesnt want to turn. Its sounds like when something is jammed and is trying to spin but cant.
Although, when i started it earlier a few times after taking a look at what i needed to do to replace it, it would start up slowly but it would start. As it did when I first got in the car to go for a spin. When I went on my drive, I didnt turn it off so I basically just had it running for like 15 minutes then as soon as I parked at home, I tried starting it back up and it did this.
Its done this now 3 times after short trips. But once its sitting for awhile, it will start. i could probably go outside right now and it would crank up. well, hopefully.
Is this really the starter? it sounds like a power issue but i dont think anything else is wearing. My battery and the battery terminal connectors are fairly new, all of which i inspected today as well. alternator doesnt seem to be a factor, since my battery is going strong all while this issue has been occurring. (about a week)
Im definitely getting that starter replaced, as that is probably the issue. Just wonder if there is anything else it could be due to such random symptoms.