How to Replace a Cartridge in a Moen 4600 Faucet

Written by steve smith
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How to Replace a Cartridge in a Moen 4600 Faucet
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If your Moen 4600 faucet leaks, replacing the cartridge usually solves the problem. This fix takes less than 20 minutes and requires only basic household tools. Just have the Moen 4600 replacement-cartridge kit, available at hardware and home-improvement stores, on hand and ready to go. If you have no experience taking things apart, allow extra time and get familiar with the process first.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Pliers

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  1. 1

    Shut off the hot and cold water by closing the valves under the sink. Turn the faucet on to drain.

  2. 2

    Pull off the round cap located on top of the faucet handle. Unscrew the screw beneath it. Pull on the handle to take it off the faucet.

  3. 3

    Remove the retaining ring (a round sleeve that fits over the base of the cartridge), the grooved sleeve and spacer. Pry off the retainer clip (a U-shaped clip inserted around the cartridge) with pliers.

  4. 4

    Pull up on the cartridge to take it out of the faucet. Either use your fingers or the pliers to grasp the cartridge and pull gently.

  5. 5

    Put the replacement cartridge into the faucet and press into place so that it sits flush with the top of the faucet opening. Insert the retainer clip around the edge of the faucet. Install the grooved sleeve and spacer. Replace the retaining ring and handle.

  6. 6

    Tighten the handle's screw and put the cap back on the handle.

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