1979 PA50 II Engine Cleaning

John Quinn /
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I recently bought a used PA50 (fourth-hand, no less) in very good condition. Starts on the first kick, and runs fine. However, it wouldn't ever stay idling. After messing with the idle screw, we determined the issue was a dirty carb. Last night, we finally got around to taking the engine apart (thanks a lot Honda) to get to the carb to clean it.

However, we then realized that neither of us really knew what to do exactly (it didn't look like I had imagined it would). I've done some research, and I basically determined that I should just spray carb cleaner anywhere that looks gross (not on rubber of plastic) and then shoot some canned air in the same spots. I'm going to do that, but I have two questions -- am I right in doing that, _and_ is there anything else I should do before putting everything back together? It's quite a production to take everything off/put everything back together on a PA50, and I don't want to have to do this all over again. Thanks a lot, you guys have helped me a lot already.

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