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90 Tercel Won't Start

Intermittent problems with it starting up because if the brake isn't pushed down completely, the car floods when starting. So far just time has gotten it started up, but occasionally it sputters and coughs when turning off.

No problems at all the past couple of days, working like a dream.

Then we hit a cold spell, and now it won't start. I'm told it turns over, but it won't actually ignite and start the car.

Other items that may be of interest:
- When I bought the car, I was told the previous owner only used premium gas in it, and that it "seemed to like it" a lot more, and therefore only use premium. I didn't, because a mechanic told me it was a waste of money - but now I'm reading this is a common issue with this car, and premium is most definitely the way to go.
- Low kms (less than 120,000)
- Had full inspection done on it two months ago, all fluids topped up, everything looked at, nothing was amiss other than a cracked CV boot that was fixed.
- Has been suggested to me that I should put some sort of cold weather additive into the tank to see if that'll help; also been suggested to plug it in - but the guy who was driving it when it stopped working can't seem to find the block heater plug. I'm sure there is one; it was hanging out of the grille when I bought it.

Any help is appreciated!

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You do not need high octane gas unless the engine pings when under load. 
You did not say if it was cold and damp but I am guessing that it either was or a high humidity in the air . The engine gets warm then it condensates inside the cap. I beleive you should tune up the engine before doing anything else. It cannot hurt and it may improve miles per gallon also. Replace cap and Rotor and also replace the plugs and wires. If I were a betting man I would bet that  this wil cure your problem.  

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