Repair cartridge in Moen Monticello single handle lavatory faucet
Slow leak on cold water side of moen single handle bathroom basin faucet Trying to determine cause Trying to disassemble faucet for inspection Can't remove retaining ring (apparently most simply screw off). Turning plastic ring with pliers not successful (spins round and round) A small hole in the rear of the retaining ring suggests the possibility that a cir (spring) clip may have to be removed first. Can't determine how of if there is a clip to be removed. Thanks in advance, Dale
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After some additional experimenting, contrary to information I was previously able to gather, I discovered that the white plastic retainer doesn't (in this type of Moen faucet) actually screw off but rather is held in place by a spring clip inserted from the rear of the retainer (toward the wall side of the basing). Simply sticking a small screwdriver in the opening (approx. 45 degrees downward) and tipping the screwdriver toward the front of the faucet, snaps the spring clip out through the opening. The plastic retainer than lifts off. Note: the flat sides on the retainer suggest that a wrench will be needed but such is not the case.
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It usually takes a special tool to remove a Moen cartridge. Just getting the handle off can be tough. How long have you had this unit? maybe it would be cheaper just to replace the whole thing. My last Moen lasted a good twenty years, still working good, but finally starting to corrode. Good product.
Hot water side of most faucets give most problems try heating with hairdryer pryor to trying to remove,contact moen tell them of your situation they will more than likely send you a new cartridge free of charge if you raise enough stink about just replacing cartridge.
Cartridge removal is a simple matter of exposing and pulling out the old cartridge. Before getting started, turn off both water valves underneath the sink and allow the water to run until the line is clear. Using a screwdriver, gently pry off the cap on the lever of the faucet handle to expose the cartridge. Remove the U-shaped retaining clip that holds the cartridge in place and pull the cartridge out. If dirt or residue makes removal difficult, use a Moen cartridge puller to assist you. A cartridge puller fits over the cartridge and gives you greater pulling power.
Soak the dirty cartridge in vinegar for four hours and replace.
If cleaning the cartridge does not work, call the Moen Helpline at 1-800-465-6636 or Customer Service at 1-800-465-6130 to order a free replacement. Locate the part number on the cover page of your instruction manual. If you no longer have the manual, look on the underside of the spout.
MoenMonticello 4-inch centerset bath faucets can be repair easily with only a screwdriver and adjustable wrench. Turn the water off to the both sides of the faucets under the sink. Open both the hot and cold-water valves to alleviate any remaining pressure. Remove the handles by grasping the base of the handle and turning it counterclockwise.( This works for both lever and cross handles). Loosen the Moen faucet cartridge bonnet nut with an adjustable wrench by turning it counterclockwise to the left. Pull the stem from the faucet by hand and replace. Reinstall the bonnet nuts and handles. Turn the water back on and test the faucet for leaks. The Moen Monticello faucet comes with a limited lifetime warranty. Try calling Moen to get your replacement parts free.
Probably what you need to do is change the cartridge. You will need a Moen cartridge puller to help with removal and reinstallation. You can get these and the cartridges at most hardware stores. Shut Off Water first, remove set screw that secures handle and carefully remove handle. You may have to tap lightly on rim of handle to free it. There is a retaining clip that holds cartridge in place, it will have a small round hole on top. Carefully remove clip using neddle nose pliers or perhaps ice pick inserted in hole to remove clip.Install puller as per instructions and tighten nut to remove cartridge. Install new cartridge andclip. put handle back on and install screw. I need to back up here and say that screw is normally located under moen insignia in middle of handle. Pry cover off with screw driver or knife blade to access screw. After you have cartridge, retaing clip and handle reinstalled turn water back on and check for leaks. Hope this helps. Thanks.
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
shut water off under faucet,open it to prove wtr is off. pry off cap , slide edge of putty knife,butter knife.etc should see a phillip's screw.remove,pull handle off, pull chrome sleeve off, now. toward's top you should see a little tab sticking out, it is part of a horse shoe shaped clip,pull with needle nose plier's,or similar.pay attention how it come's apart ,your new cartridge come's w/detailed instruction's,calmly refer to 'em, you may need or may not need a moen cartridge puller,(use a good grip,steady pull,)