good to know! the fuel line is a bit kinked, but I should have that replaced by tomorrow morning before work when you say soak - do you mean immersing the whole carb in water? or just the jets (ie. in a bag filled with carb cleaner)? I also replaced the OEM air filter - it was going on 14 years! the plug came out black a couple times; I'm curious if it was running rich from the carb issues I'm having, and also this junk filter. Maybe it was so clogged, that it decreased the air/fuel ratio?