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The fuel pump whines after the engine is started and intermitently after that

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Its getting tired 

common cause is drive with the gas tank continuously low the pumps are designed to be cooled down by the gas around the pump keep gas tank full as much as possible.

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    1988 buick lasabre

    Nate, I'm not sure what you mean when you say,"I can get it to whine but not turn over. The starter is trying to get it to turn, but I don't think it is getting any gas".

    Separate and aprt from not getting any gas is the fact( if I understande you correctly) that the motor is not being cranked by the starter motor. You say "it whines". You are referring to the starter motor, right? the starter motor should not "whine". If this is what's happening by guess is the Bendix spring in the starter motor is broken. The bendix spring is a heavy spring that is mounter on s worm gear in the starter motor. When you go to start the motor by turning the key the starter motor turn and the spring travels down this worm gear and engages tthe geared flywheel and cranks the engine. As soon as the engine starts the flywheel is now turning the bendix spring faster that the starter motor and the spring kicks back to its original position. If the spring is broken it never engages the flywheel and the engine wont crank.
    The fact that you say the starter "whines" is what I would expect you to hear if the starter is at fault.

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    Anything else you can add before we conclude that the starter has to come off?


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