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2006, 3.0L V6 is hard to start

The car requires 2 to 3 crank attempts to start. I usually start with just a crank to the car. On the second crank, I have taken to pressing the pedal 1/2 way down for a single pump. If a 3rd attemp is required, I simply crank without any push on the gas pedal. If I press the pedal down for a single 'pump' before the first crank, the car will not start until I wait for about an hour. I just purchased the car used with 85k miles. The battery is strong and cranks the car well enough but 4 days of multiple-crank starting is starting to wear on the battery.
Any suggestions on where to look? I do not want to go to the dealer without some idea of what is wrong b/c they are likely to over charge me.

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Based on what you described.
You have weeak ignition spark.The reason you have to wait for 1 hour to restart later to have all flooded fuel dried out so the sparks could ignite combustions.
1- Change all spark plugs.
2- Change air filter also
Have each spark plugs checked sparks when cranking to find out which one is really bad to replace the coil pack if applicable.

After these, if it still happens, then have the Cold start valve checked and replaced.

You don't need to go to a dealer. You can have any local shop to do this for you. Then you can control what you want them to do for you, not other way around for baloney recomendations from dealers. Good luck.

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