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First run a jumper cable from the +ve battery terminal to the starter motor +ve post and try starting. No luck? Try the neg to neg connection and try starting again. This will eliminate a dodgy main cable.
Then try a jumper wire from the solenoid connection to the +ve starter post. If the wiring is faulty it should now show a reaction.
If still no reaction, try a jumper cable between the two posts on the starter. If the starter spins the solenoid is faulty.
If all of this fails to show something then take some of the other advice above and by a multimeter. Not all electrical problems need one though.
I had a battery cable that looked new and when I finally discovered it was dodgy and took it off, it was so corroded inside the sleeve it was like holding a stick. Like all other things electrical, one day it worked, the next it didn't.
Finally after the overheating issues you mention, try turning the engine by hand - and pray it isn't siezed.
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