Clock not working

My mother has a 1995 Taurus with 83,000 miles. It has been a good car for her and she takes excellent care of it (through a dealer mostly).

The clock in the dash quit working, also there has always been a high pitch whinning once the car starts. I've checked the fuse for the clock, but no luck. The high pitch sound, I'm guessing is the fuel pump because it starts as soon as you turn the key, before the car cranks over.

I welcome any advice as this car has to last her a while longer.
Friday, December 15th, 2006 AT 8:04 AM

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The Whinning sound is the fuel pump. An older experienced mechanic told me, and others will probably disagree with me on this, that using ethanol fuel will reduce the life of the pump. I am not exactly sure about that but there might be something to it. Anyway, nurse the pump if you can but remember that should she start to have starting or shutting down problems, the pump might be where I would start looking. This thing could last a long time, so act accordingly.

The clock. I would check to see if there is a voltage to the clock and it should be there at all times. If no voltage makes it to the clock it has to be from the fuse box to the clock where the problem exists. If there is voltage, the clock is the problem.
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Friday, December 15th, 2006 AT 9:02 AM

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