i got one just like this for my first 4-stoke, if everything else is the same then i know exactly what he is dealing with, in the end i just bought another 4-stroke,That black plastic square cap is hiding it. Never seen one like that before.
yes it did, and it ran crappy from the day it was bought, tight belt, bell house squealing(till clutch was greased), vibration up the areDistant some times you just need a new carb. Did you have one w/the air mixture screw covered by that black square plastic?. If you need a new 142f BGF on ebay is selling them for $108 plus ship...……...any time a 142/4f runs crappy 1st thing to do is to clean that idle jet out located below the idle screw adjuster. Most times that fixes it.