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How to remove cartridge that is stuck

Removed lock and tried with vice grips to pull out cartridge at stem and now stem is broken off

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Depending on what faucet you have.this is a common problem with old moen posi temp cartridges basically you need a hammer flat head screw driver needle nose pliers. Take it out one piece at a time but be careful not to damage the side walls of the valve

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