Fixing faucet leak

Old 01-06-19, 02:34 PM
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Fixing faucet leak

I removed the stem in my faucet, replaced the seat and spring, and now cannot get the stem back in. It may have gotten slightly turned around during the process but the large white plastic part of the piece was definitely to the rear. However no matter how I turn it, it won't go back. See pics for as far as it will go. It doesn't feel or look flush. I've tried the edge of a hammer but if I hit it any harder it will definitely break. Do I just need a new stem?

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Old 01-06-19, 03:59 PM
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Remove seat and spring. Stem (without plastic hub)should go in unless damage was done to faucet body. Remove stem and insert plastic hub. It should seat into notches If faucet body notches and plastic hub pins are same size, make sure you try both positions. Are you sure outer piece of plastic hub doesn't slip over the large o-ring and bottom part of stem? O-ring made need lubrication.

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