Originally Posted by kwilly
Here’s a pic I’ll post another later. I had a hard time removing that black thing it’s attached to some hose I always scared to mess with.
The black thing is the air cleaner. It probably has a big hose you can see and a smaller one underneath. It's really not that scary (smile). The plate you see that keeps you from seeing the venturis beneath it (the "barrels") is the choke.
Was that pic taken with the engine warmed up, or cold? If warmed up, it's a picture of the problem because the choke is closed. If cold, it's normal.
You can run the engine with the air cleaner cover off. Warm it up and see if the choke plate opens. You might have to tap the throttle to get it to open as the engine warms, depending on how it's designed. I've long since lost track of which need you to do that and which just open by themselves.
It should be *vertical* when the engine is fully warmed up.