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Replace inside stem on hot water Eljer shower faucet

Unfortuneatly I have 20+ yr old Eljer shower faucets. The hot water faucet leaks a steady stream of hot water. I found out that Eljer has been bought out by American Standard, and ordeed the center stems from their Pittsburgh PA home wherehouse where they still keep some Eljer parts. The problem is this: Eljer made it impossible to quickly remove the faucet knobs. There is a collar/ring accessed through a small slot on the outside of the stem near the knob, but when this ring is depressed through the small slot, nothing happens. The knob on the faucet still cannot be removed and the inside parts replaced. It is no wonder Eljer went out of business. I cannot find ANY company that services or has any information whatsoever on how to take apart an Eljer faucet. Please help me replace the inside stem unit for both the hot and cold shower faucets.

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Sounds like you might need a gear puller -- hardware stores would have them -- or auto parts.
Spray with contact cleaner wd-40 first, then install puller, depress ring and crank away at the puller.

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