I bought a P200E a while ago and am trying to get it running well and on the road. I did get it started for a minute but it bogged like hell and wouldn't stay running. The place to start is a carb clean/rebuild, right? I've already purchased a rebuild kit and am waiting for delivery.
First thing I noticed upon taking apart the carb is that the fuel filter looks warped and doesn't seem to stay seated correctly:
Second thing I noticed is that there was a lot of crud in the mixture chamber. There was actually quite a bit more in there than the photos indicate, but it was accidentally blown away before the photos were taken. Even still, it seems like a lot to me - but I don't have anything to compare it to. Normal? What the hell is it, anyway?
Scooter Mercato's nice carb rebuild tutorial says to "soak" the carb, but I get the impression that a lot of people just spray it. Opinions?