VigIIPeaBurner wrote:I'm not near the tool but I never exerted any thrust on the brass tabs - I can't recall brass tabs. I pulled on the threaded bolt/shaft of the cartridge. I had to rock the cartridge from time to time to help break the crud's hold on it. The tool I had threaded onto the bolt/shaft. The puller's bolt protruded thru the top of the 'socket'. The foot of the socket sat on the faucet housing and I turned the head of the puller bolt with a wrench. The head of the puller bolt turned on the head of the 'socket' backed up by a thrust washer. The 'socket' was long enough to pull the cartridge up into the 'socket' far enough to free it from the crud built up around the hot and colt inlet ports of the housing.
Yeah, when I tried to pull the cartridge out it just pulled the stem out; well, it started to. I stopped pulling. I then thought I'd try some twisting action and ended up just shearing the little tabs off the cartridge.
That's the tool I have. It's the one Moen makes. The little nubs on the end fit into slots on the cartridge. When I twisted it a bit the little tabs that are on the cartridge broke off. I did try to turn the large nut on the tool but all it did was began pulling the stem out. Tomorrow I'm going to buy a tap and bolt and then I'll try taking it out that way; after I pull the stem out.
I messed up. Upon closer inspection and wiping some of the corrosion away I've discovered that the Moen Cartridge that is currently installed in my shower faucet is plastic. Which explains why I sheared one of the tabs off.
The new cartridge I bought a few years ago is all brass. Soooo.....looks like I'm going to leave that cartridge in there so as to not screw it up anymore. It's currently working fine as is. I just figured since I was in there replacing things that I'd do everything. But I don't actually have to change the cartridge.