At my wits end and the hospitality of an employer's garage too. OK, my problem began with difficult starting, which gradually got worse. Got an aftermarket battery, things seemed OK for a week or two, then the same thing happened...difficult to start, became worse as weather worsened. Then I had to use a charger w/ a booster start mode to start it, or jumper cables if I was on the road. Within a few weeks, however, even that became difficult, until it wouldn't start at all. Nada. No clicking, nothing. Just before that happened I went to AutoZone and had them check the battery: it was good, but the alternator was shot--that was the news (true to his prediction, the Element failed to start at all within the week). So, I ordered a used alternator from ebay (who knows, but seemed a reputable junkyard w/ 100% positive feedback, they guaranteed it was working) from an '04. So I replaced that, but to no avail. Then I was reading about ELD units, so I switched that out for a new one, but still nothing. I have since checked the radio code, ground connections, wiring harnesses, fuses, but still it won't crank. Wondered about the starter, tried tapping it while turning over, but nothing happened. Actually today I could get the serpentine belt to turn the PS pulley about 1/4 turn, if I left it alone for 15 min. or so. The battery reads 12.5 volts, dips to around 11.9 when trying to start. Anyone have an idea? I'm still suspicious of the starter: can I test it on the car or must it be removed? (Please tell me the former!). Any help will be deeply appreciated. It's cold here now and my employer has been kind enough to allow me the use of a maintenance garage on weekends to work on it, and this is the second weekend in a row I've asked for the key (with the Element was sitting outside it this whole week). I don't want to wear out my welcome, and I want a car back. Any hints or tips would be appreciated.