My 97 Corolla won't start. The battery, spark plugs and high tension wires are all brand new. When I try to start the car, it cranks until the carburetor eventually "coughs" and white smoke comes out of it (smells like gas). At this point, I just stop trying.
We had a mechanic check it out, and they did this trick where they covered the carburetor with the palm of his hand while cranking, and after a few attempts the car started. After a few days, car didn't want to start again. I was able to start the car by doing the same trick the mechanic did, by covering the carb opening while cranking. Again, same symptoms, carburetor coughing out fuel and white smoke.
Few more days, and the car refuses to start again! I'm pretty sure there must be something wrong, but I'm not knowledgable in cars.
I live in a tropical climate and we don't experience cold weather too often.