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 Moentrol cartridge
Author: Anonymous User

I have an old leaking Moentrol tub/shower, I can't figure out how to get the cartridge out to clean it + replace if necessary. Looks like I might need a special tool? Anybody have any advice?

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 Re: Moentrol cartridge
Author: steve_g (CA)

Some Moen cartridges are very difficult to remove, and there is a tool for it. I have that tool and have used it twice in 15 years.

Take a look at this (towards the bottom of the page):

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-Steve G



-Steve G

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 Re: Moentrol cartridge
Author: westchester plumber

The tool is hardly used as Steve mentioned.
Did you find the very small removable clip shaped like a "C" or a "U" that slides out for the cartridge removal? Be sure to install the new cartridge and clip in the same fashion.



Post Edited (08-02-03 19:53)

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 Re: Moentrol cartridge
Author: Anonymous User

Have you ever tried to remove a 1200 moen cartridge and pulled the inside part of cartridge out leaving the barrel still froze in the main valve. Here's a trick I learned maybe some of you could use it.First purchase a 3/8x1-1/4 wood dowel and a1/2x20 tap,insert wood dowel into remainder of cartridge,start tap. As it makes its way to the dowel it will be pushed to back of valve body forcing cartridge out of valve body.

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 Re: Moentrol cartridge
Author: Anonymous User

Thanks for replies everyone...

... yes I did find and slide out the U-shaped clip, now the cartridge can be rotated but doesn't seem to move in or out. Clearly need the tool. A (broken) circular, very flat, very thin "washer" also came out and now there's a stronger slow drip. Was this part of the old cartridge??

steve_g - thanks for the URL, seems a shame to have to buy a $20 widget just get the thing out... I wonder if there's a hot market on eBay for used ones...! Are these things going to be as cheap at my local plumbing supply or should I buy online? (I do a lot of home improvement, but I'm a relative novice at plumbing stuff)

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 Re: Moentrol cartridge
Author: Dunbar (KY)

You just gave the number one reason why I don't like to install or service moen faucets. More trouble than what they are worth. I can tell you of numerous brands I recommend but The only thing Moen has in thier favor is styles. And I will say that they have a huge selection of good-looking faucets.

Just don't try to service them over any distance of time. You either have to wait for parts from California or get taken to the cleaners at supply houses. Shouldn't be so hard to find products for such a popular faucet. Check out one of my older posts regarding Moen and the luck I have had with them.

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 Re: Moentrol cartridge
Author: westchester plumber

No disrespect... but
At this point you may want a professional to handle the catridge removal / replacement.
You could possibly damage the valve body beyond repair and have to replace the complete faucet which could be costly, not to mention the wall / tile restoration.

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 Re: Moentrol cartridge
Author: steve_g (CA)

If you buy the tool, it may not be the only time you get to use it...

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 Re: Moentrol cartridge
Author: Anonymous User

Whoah! red rag to a bull or what :-)

Despite westchester's advice I bought a new cartridge and a knob kit from a local supplier today and eventually managed to get the old brass cartridge out. The middle part of it came out easily, but left the main brass sleeve inside, which needed extensive pulling/twisting with a vise-grip before it came out. Seems the $20 extractor isn't always needed (although I was about ready to give up when it finally budged).

Viola, the new cartridge is now in and everything seems to be working great...

Again, thanks for all the responses, this is a useful forum.

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