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Sounds like it's not getting fuel right away.
I'd be checking the choke, and also perhaps try priming by pushing gas pedal all the way down twice, spin over 2 or 3 seconds, then pump gas pedal twice again, then try to start.
None of this is valid if it is a diesel.
if the car is fuel injected, holding the gas pedal to the floor will actually cut off your fuel injectors - which may make it worse. You need to check fuel pressure, you want to make sure the fuel pump isn't bad. Also, check your battery.
Try this next time you start it.
Turn the key to the run position, do not start the engine. Wait 3-5 seconds and turn the key off.
Turn the key right back to the on position and wait for 3-5 seconds. Turn the key off.
Repeat the above one more time.
Now try to start.
If it starts right up you have a fuel supply problem. Either the fuel pump is bleeding off or the fuel pressure regulator is leaking. Pumping the pedal is doing nothing besides buying time for the fuel system to pressurize.
Post an engine size and I'll help you locate the fuel pressure regulator.
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Holding the pedal to floor should not do anything because the car is fuel injected... You may check your fuel filter.. it sounds like its taking along time for fuel to start engine... The fuel filter is located on the cross member just forward of the fuel tank....
Well I would think start small. Look at your throttle cable and make sure you have full motion and it is tensioned correctly. If it is ok I would next replace the fuel filter, this is supposed to be done every once in a while (not sure of the mileage. Iusually do mine every 15-20K miles). If that isn't it your next likely steps would be testing fuel pressure and ensuring there is not a clog in the fuel lines. If you find low fuel pressure replace the fuel pump. Hope this helps!