In my above post, I mention the difficulty in testing your distributor/Hall sensor. When in reality, it's not that hard to do if all you need to know is the product of the device. Which is, your spark. (Keep in mind you must know that your coil and ECU are in good working condition and that the wiring is correct).
This is where an Iginition Spark Tester tool comes in hand.
To use this, remove all plugs and remove the fuel pump fuse. Put the tool on plug wire #1, ground the tool and test away. You should get about 25,000 volts during cranking.
You can also verify the appropriate timing by using a timing light. The easiest way to get a good idea of the rough timing during cranking is to point the light at the CRANK PULLEY. Paint a white mark on the TDC mark, obviously. It should spark about 10 degrees before the TDC mark on the pulley reaches the diameter of the intermediate shaft pulley (which is about a half an inch away).
Modified by still_a_G at 10:22 AM 6-18-2009