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My car is hard to start

My car the hard to start in the mornings and after I driven it then let it sit abit. It helps to start it when I pump the gas when I’m trying to start it. I think it’s the fuel filter. Any ideas?

Year, make, model of car? Engine type? Last time you changed out plugs and filters? I would be inclined to rule out fuel filter because you can start the car and it apparently stays running after you “goose” it with some fuel.