Engine Cranks and Doesn't Start on Mazda Protege

Problem Description and Possible Solution

An electrically shorted air flow sensor can cause a crank-no start condition. Diagnosis may show that ignition spark is normal, and there are no trouble codes stored.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 162,932 (17,000–300,000)
Engines affected: 1.5L 4 Cylinder, 1.6L 4 Cylinder, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, 2.0L 4 Cylinder
14 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
80 people reported this problem
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Engine cranks but does not start. When used some starting fluid at air intake it starts or tries to start for a while before stopping. Checked the fuel filter it was clean, but surprisingly there was not fuel in the lines, everything was totally dry. Filled more gas in the tank, but the situation does not change, no fuel in the lines. I am pretty sure that the gas is locked in the tank either pump or some kind of safety valve. Will appreciate if some one can help
Was driving and it stopped in middle of road and will not start again. Cranks to turn over but won't start. Changed crank sensor. O2 sensor. Plugs and wires. Coil packs. will not start
I have this problem too ive tried evrything i changed the spark plugs and checked everything my car sounds like its going to start but then i just turns off
Cranks won't start. Starts after about 15 mins of trying. Will periodically chug and die. Restarts after 15 mins of sitting. No check engine light.
2001 Mazda Protégé LX 2.0. Same problem. Will sometimes miss while driving and then will sometimes turn over but not start. Had it looked at 3 times and they told me I would have to bring it in when it was in the condition of not starting. Now how could I bring it in if it didn't start?
Car cranks but wont start. Sometimes it starts on the 2nd or 3rd crank. Today however, it wont start at al
engine turns and it wants to start but no starting, no engine light is on. and no codes on engine reader.
Would only crank and not quite start. I replaced the MAF Sensor last year and it has new plugs and wires. It is a fun car other than that and has been very reliable.
Started car and drove a few hundred feet then car died. Ran diagnostic and no codes car cranks but will not start. Any thoughts.
When turning the car on starter clicks but doesn't turn on no engine light on when starting the car
Its not fixed put in new plugs new wires new distributor cap rotor. The car running up until thin now it will crank over but dont its has fire and its getting gas