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How to repair cartridge-type faucets

  • Cartridge faucets have only one moving part. The stem slides up and down to open and close the faucet and rotates to regulate the flow of hot and cold water. Any leaking requires replacement of the cartridge.

  • First, turn off the water. To remove the cartridge, you'll need to remove the handle. This project can be like working a puzzle. If you have the manufacturer's instruction sheet for the faucet, you're ahead of the game. Without it, look for a retainer clip at the rear of the faucet just below the handle. Or, you may have to remove a set screw or snap-in "hot-cold" button and a handle pin or screw. On some faucets the swing spout must come off first. The retainer clip may be hiding beneath the handle inside a lift-out tube. Some cartridge faucets use two retainer clips–one by the handle and another by the cartridge. Retainer clips can be pried out with a screwdriver.

  • Once the retainer clip is removed, the cartridge simply pulls out. Use pliers, as shown. Install the new cartridge by pushing it into place with the flat arrow, or other mark upward. If you use a lubricant on the cartridge, make sure it's silicone grease.
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    moen two handle kitchen faucet cannot remove cartridge


    I am not familiar with that particular model but on most moens there is a type of clip that looks somewhat like a washer in the shape of a horseshoe..... it slides into a groove in the stem of the faucet....... take a wire brush and wd 40 and clean the area ( i am assuming you have removed the faucet handle and crown btw turn water off under sink hot and cold) take a jewlers screw driver and try to slide down between the main part of the faucet and the cartridge.. you can also use a needle nose pliars to get it out then take pliars or vice grips and grab stem and pull out

    Sep 08, 2014 | Moen Plumbing

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    get hot water only....when rotated to cold get nothing....replaced cartridge but still the same.....shower has been unused since house was built


    If you don't have easy access to hot and cold line, where you can disconnect and check for flow to faucet, You can try turning off incoming water supply, remove cartridge, and shut off hot outgoing at water heater, then slowly open incoming (cold) water supply only and see if cold flows from faucet with cartridge removed. At least that will confirm flow faucet, then go from there.

    Sep 19, 2010 | Moen & Posi-Temp Single Handle Shower Or...

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    water temp. regulate


    Moen faucets have only one moving part. The stem slides up and down to open and close the faucet and rotates to regulate the flow of hot and cold water. Any leaking requires replacement of the cartridge.
    First, turn off the water. To remove the cartridge, you'll need to remove the handle. This project can be like working a puzzle. If you have the manufacturer's instruction sheet for the faucet, you're ahead of the game. Without it, look for a retainer clip at the rear of the faucet just below the handle. Or, you may have to remove a set screw or snap-in "hot-cold" button and a handle pin or screw. On some faucets the swing spout must come off first. The retainer clip may be hiding beneath the handle inside a lift-out tube. Some cartridge faucets use two retainer clips–one by the handle and another by the cartridge. Retainer clips can be pried out with a screwdriver.
    Once the retainer clip is removed, the cartridge simply pulls out. Use pliers, as shown in Fig. 6. Install the new cartridge by pushing it into place with the flat arrow, or other mark upward. If you use a lubricant on the cartridge, make sure it's silicone grease.
    Check and clean the cartridge inlet ports. Before you button up the faucet turn the water back on for a minute to flush out the supplies. I had to look for this answer, hopefully this will work for you.

    Jul 21, 2010 | Moen & One Handle Tub & Shower Faucet

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    leaky moen 2 handle faucet


    if memory serve's me,you will need to remove a stem extension,screw in center,and you may need a tool #103462 to remove cartridge.1'st stem ex't is red,(hot) blue (cold), remove, look down,white piece w/ 2 notch'es, this hold's cartridge down, ya might try needle nose plier's to remove,a little lube help's upon re assembly, carefull w/plastic thread's

    Apr 26, 2010 | Moen Monticello Single-Handle Kitchen...

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    2-handle faucet handles both rotate "on" counter=clockwise


    Here's the solution from Delta:
    On a two-handle kitchen or lavatory faucet, if the handles rotate in the wrong direction, simply rotate the right stem stop assembly 180 degrees. This will change the rotation of the handle to the other direction.

    Jun 23, 2009 | Delta Faucet DELTA/PEERLESS FAUCET CO....

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