How to Use a Moen Faucet Cartridge Puller

One of the most common repairs for a cartridge-style shower, bathtub, or sink faucet is to remove and replace the cartridge insert—a project that almost always fixes a leaky, dripping faucet. It’s usually a relatively easy job, but occasionally it can be frustratingly difficult if you find that the cartridge is stuck in place. With Moen-brand faucets, though, you can simplify the task by using a simple cartridge-puller tool, specially designed to remove cartridges from Moen valves. The tool is also very useful for repairing a Moen shower valve as well as valves on other types of faucets.

The T-Handle Moen Cartridge Puller model shown here can be used for series 1200, 1222, and 1225 Moen cartridges. Another variation can be used for 1258 cartridges. Make sure to choose a puller that is designed for the type of cartridge you have.

The process is relatively straightforward: first, remove the diverter handle (if present) and the indexes; then unscrew and remove the sleeve nut and retaining clip; next, insert the prongs of the puller tool into the slots on either side of the cartridge and twist the tool to loosen the cartridge.

In most cases, this will allow you to simply pull the cartridge out by hand. If it’s still stuck, you may need to use a small pair of pliers to gently twist the tool while pulling on the cartridge. With a little patience, you should be able to get even a stubborn cartridge out without too much trouble.

Moen Faucet Cartridge Puller
Moen Faucet Cartridge Puller

What Is a Cartridge Puller?

A cartridge puller is a tool that is used to remove cartridges from guns. There are many different designs of cartridge pullers, but they all serve the same basic purpose. The most common type of cartridge puller resembles a pair of pliers, with jaws that clamp onto the base of the cartridge. The user then squeezes the handle of the tool to extract the cartridge from the gun. Other types of cartridge pullers use a lever or ratchet mechanism to apply pressure to the base of the cartridge, making it easier to remove. Regardless of the design, all cartridge pullers perform the same basic function: they allow users to safely and easily remove cartridges from guns.

A cartridge puller is a simple plumbing accessory that has one purpose only: to extract shower or sink faucet valve cartridges that are stuck in place. The most common cartridge pullers are for Moen brand faucets, which makes them easy to disassemble. These cartridge pullers are available from both Moen as well as after-market companies.

Products from after-market manufacturers generally work quite well and are often a little less expensive than OEM (original equipment manufacturer) versions. Sometimes, replacement cartridges are packaged together in a kit that includes a cartridge puller. When selecting a cartridge puller, be sure to choose one that is compatible with the brand of faucet you have.Cartridge pullers are easy to use and can be a real time-saver when it comes to replacing a shower or sink faucet cartridge.

How to Use a Moen Cartridge Faucet Puller

  1. Expose the Faucet Cartridge

    Shut off the water to the faucet, using the nearest available shutoff valve. If your faucet has no fixture shutoff valves (often the case with showers), turn off the water at the home’s main shutoff valve.

    Remove the faucet handle and trim plate to expose the valve. This is usually a simple matter of popping off the handle cap and unscrewing the mounting screw beneath the cap to free the handle. The escutcheon trim plate may be mounted with screws, as well. You may need to cut away the bead of caulk to remove the trim plate.

    Use a pair of needle-nose pliers to remove the clip that holds the cartridge in place.


    Keep a good hold on the clip so it does not fall into the wall cavity. You will reuse the clip if you are replacing the cartridge.

  2. Attach the Cartridge Puller

    Prepare the puller tool by backing out the screw and body nut as far as they will go. Fit the cartridge puller onto the end of the cartridge so the two tabs on the puller straddle the raised center of the cartridge and the tool fits snugly.

  3. Secure the Cartridge Puller

    Use a screwdriver to tighten the puller screw all the way in. The puller screw threads into the same screw hole that accepts the faucet handle screw. If the puller screw won’t drive in all the way, back it out, realign the puller, and drive in the screw again. Don’t force the screw, as this can damage the tool’s threads.

  4. Extract the Cartridge

    Grip the handle of the puller, and twist the puller back and forth as you pull straight out. Continue the back and forth motion until the cartridge pulls out of the valve body. The valve is now ready for a replacement cartridge.

    Note: The valve shown here (a 1222 Posi-Temp shower valve) does not require the use of the large body nut on the cartridge puller. When removing a 1200 or 1225 cartridge, you will need to use the body nut.

How to Maintain a Moen Faucet Cartridge Puller

The Moen faucet cartridge puller is a small, hand-held tool that is used to remove the cartridges from Moen faucets. The cartridge puller is made of durable plastic and has a comfortable grip. To use the cartridge puller, simply insert the tip of the tool into the opening at the base of the cartridge. Then, twist the tool clockwise until the cartridge pops out. Once the cartridge is removed, you can use the puller to remove any debris that may be clinging to the cartridge or to the faucet itself. Finally, replace the cartridge in the faucet and turn on the water supply to test for leaks. If there are no leaks, your Moen faucet should be good as new!


If you find yourself without a cartridge puller, there are a few different ways that you can extract the cartridge. One way is to grip the stem with a pair of channel-type pliers or needle-nose pliers and pull straight outward. Another way is to insert a small screwdriver or other thin object into the groove on the side of the cartridge and lever it out. If you have a wire hanger, you can also try making a small hook out of one end and using it to fish the cartridge out. Whichever method you choose, be careful not to damage the cartridge or the stem. With a little patience, you should be able to remove the cartridge without too much difficulty.


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