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How do you replace a Kohler faucet diverter?

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The steps for replacing the diverter on a Kohler faucet vary slightly depending on the faucet design. Kohler offers step-by-step instructions with either photographs or diagrams at HelpTopics.US.Kohler.com.

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To replace the diverter on a Kohler single-control kitchen faucet, first turn off the water supply to the faucet, and then lift the handle to empty any remaining water from the spout. Return the handle to the off position, remove the plug button with a flat-head screwdriver, and then use a hex wrench to remove the small screw beneath the plug button. Remove the handle to reveal the bonnet, which looks like a dome without its top. Rotate the bonnet counterclockwise by hand to remove it.

With the bonnet removed, grasp the hub and spout, and pull them off the body of the faucet. The diverter assembly faces away from the sink and is located in a hole in the body of the faucet. Remove the old diverter assembly using needle-nose pliers, and then insert the new diverter assembly, fins pointing out, by pressing it firmly into place by hand.

Using a silicone-based lubricant, replace any bearings or o-rings in the same order as they appear in the instructions or on the faucet. With the diverter replaced, reassemble the faucet by sliding the hub and spout back on the body of the faucet, and then replace the bonnet by rotating it clockwise. Next, replace the handle, reinsert the small hex screw, and push the plug button back into place.

For other faucet models, refer to Kohler's Knowledge Base section of their website.

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