Yeah I heard that that's why I gave it a few raps on the housing of the starter. May have helped I dunno, just happy it started again.Grome said: "and gave the starter a few little taps with my flashlight, like that would help."
Actually...sometimes that DOES help!
The brushes get hung up in the starter from carbon dust buildup and a "few taps" jars them loose and back into proper position against the starters armature.
You've performed an age-old mechanics trick know it or not.
It's been known to work on alternators and fuel pumps as well.