Stop driving the car until you leak is found. It's unsafe and risk of fire until it has been located.
Your hard start issue is happening because you have a leak somewhere and you loosing fuel pressure, once you identify the leak your performance should straighten out. Cycle the ignition into the run position and you should hear the pump, this should only run a few seconds to pressurized the system. Then start at the pump under your rear seat (see diagram) and the tank under the car at the fuel filter area and look for wetness inspect the line from the rear of the car up to the the engine and the fuel rail. Somewhere along the line you should be able to see wetness and begin to smell the fuel as well, seeing that the leak is enough that it's smelled in the car while driving.
Let me know what you find.
Sunday, September 6th, 2020 AT 7:51 AM