Removing Bristan basin mixer tap cartridge

16 Aug 2019
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United Kingdom
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I am trying to replace the cartridge in our basin Bristan mixer tap. I removed the tap lever and the large nut underneath but found the cartridge would not lift out. I then used pliers to get a better grip but then part of the cartridge came away leaving the bottom part in place (see photos).

I have tried WD40 and Limescale remover to see if it will losen it but still this bottom part will not move.

Has anyone got any suggestions? I am trying to lift it out with long nosed pliers. Do I need to rotate it? II could simply try and reassemble the old one, if all else fails, but not sure how the pieces fit together.
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Thanks for your suggestion. At first it still would not budge. Then I gave it a dose of Limescale remover gel plus WD40 for good measure. Next day it moved then popped out. I have since fitted a new cartridge and all is well.

Thanks for your help.


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