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Gaggia Classic Hello! Suddendly I cannot properly insert and lock the filter holder into the brew head. All parts are perfectly cleaned and not damaged. It is a mistery! Thanks for your assistance. Riccardo Gallo Pacific Palisades, CA

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Hi Riccardo,

Maybe the rubber ring that is underneeth the boiler has become hard and inflexible. You can order a new rubber ring thru your local dealer.

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