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Bissell 1699Y re-assembly problem

I took it apart and resolved a problem with one of the spray hoses that came lose. Now I am trying to get it back together and cannot figure out the water/soap mixer. The knob has threads that catch on the edge of a mixer valve. I figure it is as simple as setting each full clockwise or reverse or something. I just cannot tell if I am getting it right.

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I found an excellent video that shows how to reassemble the valve mixer, or the piston as it's called in the video. One reader was right in saying you need to turn the smart mix knob to "water only" to attach the piston to the housing and then turn it to "heavy traffic" to hold the piston in place while you put the housing back on the base. The video is actually about "replacing the pump and motor" but in so doing, you of course have to remove the housing from the base, and along with that, remove the piston. In my case, it fell out of the housing when I disassembled the unit. The procedure for reattaching and properly aligning the piston is very clear. The details are about one-third of the way through the video immediately after the repair guy takes the housing off of the base. I pasted the link below. If you can't click on it, please try copying and pasting it in the address bar. Hope this works for you! - Cheryl

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