Question about Pentair 2" Pvc, 3 Way Lube Free Diverter Valve, with 2.5" Slip Outside

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How do I remove a Pentair 2'' slide valve, it doesn't pull up out of its position after removing the top holding bracket, seems to be stuck and I don't want to force it for fear of breaking the mechanism.

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Keep trying. The o-ring(s) are probably rolled up and you need to force it out. I have never broken the body after yanking several of those out so I doubt you will break the valve. If you do it can be replaced without getting a whole new filter...just in case.

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Posted on Jul 31, 2010

  • schristi69 Jun 16, 2011

    Sometimes the top section does not want to line up with the cylinder. This usually happens when the o-ring lube has gone. You have to disassemble the valve and work the plunger out. This can be quite a pain. You CAN break the valve. The plastic handle is subject to weakening by the sun and will snap off. A new plunger assembly is not cheap. The valve body of mine has cracked at the screws that hold the assembly in place. Replacing the whole thing with a multi-port valve. Never did like this type of valve



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