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Can't get the cartridge out of moen single knob shower faucet. Took off handle, sleeve and brass clip but could not pull out cartridge. Does it pull out screw out or what?

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You have a common problem with Moen cartridges. 1st if the valve is plastic these instructions may not help you, they are for brass valves. If your not afraid to spend a little money you can go to the local hardware store and ask for a Moen cartridge puller. They usually cost between $15-$100 for the good one. Get the one that looks like a tee. (see picture)

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  1. First turn off the water to the valve.
  2. Screw the tool to the valve where the handle would connect to.
  3. Align the slots on the tool to the slots on the valve.
  4. Turn the valve 360 degrees several times.
  5. Pull the valve gently and firmly towards slowly increasing the pressure.
  • At this point the valve will come out and your done.

  • If just the center portion will comes out heres what you do.
  1. Remove the center portion of the valve from your tool.
  2. You will notice at the end of the tool handle is a brass ring.
  3. Slide ring down to button and depress button until it is held in place with ring.
  4. Slide this part of the tool with ring into the valve. (ring will not go in valve)
  5. Insert this into the valve all the way you can until you hear a click.
  6. Turn and gently pull until valve comes out.
  • Note: if both of these fail you need to change the valve.

Posted on Dec 05, 2008

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I had the same problem. I purchased a Moen economy cartridge puller and it worked fine after I rigged a spacer sleeve over it. Brute strength just doesn't work once the cartridge is stuck.

Posted on Jan 13, 2009

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