Originally Posted by jwfirebird
there are numerous ways a hall effect sensor and the resistance in the wires can cause your timing to be off enough to not start and still have spark. the signal initiates the timing in the pcm and if the signal is sent at the wrong time the spark will still be generated but at the wrong time
Okay, so even with the mixed advice on this, I went ahead and replaced the crank sensor. For those of you who said that'* no t the problem, go ahead and say "I told you so." because the problem is unchanged. It cranks and sounds like it'* close to starting, then not, then again. Starting fluid won't make it start, and there is spark.
I'm getting to the point of having it towed to a shop as I don't have access to a scan tool. Maybe it would be worth the investment to buy one...