Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Brandon, Florida
You can adjust the choke. The instructions for it are in chapter 10 of your shop manual.
First though, try lifting up the throttle linkage (as if you're pushing the gas pedal) and while you're holding it up try moving the choke plate. I'm guessing it'll allow it to move.
The big black plastic piece on the back has a bi-metallic spring in it that opens the choke as it warms up , but it can't open unless you're pushing on the gas. It also can't close all the way. That cam and screw and all on the back hold it in place if the throttle is putting pressure on it.
So lift up the throttle linkage and the choke should be free to move. Then you can turn the black plastic bit to adjust it and you probably don't have to mess with anything else.
When you're done, the heater hose is supposed to sit in that little tray on the back of the carb. Not a big deal but I figured I'd mention it since I saw it.