Vacuumed out the air box - think I got everything and nothing got into the air intake - This could have been my whole problem to begin with! Unbelievable amount of seeds, but I don't think I need to dissasemble any more of the air box. Loosened the twist grip and got enough slack to remove the cable ends and now the carb is sitting in my hands. I will research the forum some more to glean the best carb cleaning advice - I guess I could take it to the dealer but I have cleaned other small engine carbs before. Although this one DOES seem to have a lott of fiddly little parts. Any advice would be appreciated.