How to remove Kohler shower handle

How to remove Kohler shower handle? Before you can do any sort of fault finding on a Kohler shower valve, you will need to remove the shower valve handle. The handle is the first part to take off. But some handles don’t even have visible screws. No problem. Here in this article I will show you various kinds of Kohler shower handles and how to remove them.

With Plug Buttons

With Setscrews

With Threaded Bonnets

With Center Cap

How to remove Kohler shower handle – with Exposed Screws

How to remove Kohler shower handle - with Exposed Screws
  • Using a Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the screw and remove the handle, bonnet and sleeve from the valve stem.
  • Using a Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the two screws from the face plate. Remove the escutcheon and the face plate.
  • If applicable, use a flat-blade screwdriver to remove the pin from the adapter. Unscrew and remove the adapt or from the valve.

 

 

Kohler shower handle – with Plug Buttons

Kohler shower handle - with Plug Buttons
  • Using a flat-blade screwdriver, gently pry the plug button from the front of the valve trim.
  • Using a Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the screw and remove the handle and adapter from the valve stem.
  • If applicable, rotate the cover counterclockwise to remove.
  • Slide the sleeve off the valve.
  • Using a Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the two screws and remove the face plate.
  • If applicable, use a flat-blade screwdriver to remove the pin from the adapter. Unscrew and remove the adapter from the valve.
Kohler shower handle - with Plug Buttons
  • Using a flat-blade screwdriver, gently pry the plug button from the front of the valve trim.
  • Using a Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the screw and remove the handle and adapter from the valve stem.
  • Using a 3/32” hex wrench, loosen the setscrew and slide the bonnet off the valve.
  • Turn the sleeve counterclockwise and remove it from the valve.
  • Unscrew the collar. You may need a special tool (K-87448) to unscrew the collar. Remove the face plate and the collar.
  • Using a Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the two screws and remove the seal plate.
  • If applicable, use a flat-blade screwdriver to remove the pin from the adapter. Unscrew and remove the adapter from the valve.

 

 

 

Trim with Setscrews

Trim with Setscrews
  • Using a 3/32” hex wrench, loosen the two setscrews. You may need to rotate the sleeve to access both setscrews. Slide the handle and sleeve off the valve.
  • Using a Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the screw and remove the adapter from the valve stem.
  • Unscrew the collar. You may need a special tool (K-87448) to unscrew the collar. Remove the face plate and the collar.
  • Using a Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the two screws and remove the seal plate.
  • If applicable, use a flat-blade screwdriver to remove the pin from the adapter. Unscrew and remove the adapter from the valve.
Trim with Setscrews
  • Using a 3/32” hex wrench, loosen the setscrew and slide the handle off the valve trim.
  • Using a Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the screw and remove the bonnet and sleeve from the valve stem.
  • Using a Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the two screws from the face plate. Remove the washer and the face plate.
  • If applicable, use a flat-blade screwdriver to remove the pin from the adapter. Unscrew and remove the adapter from the valve.
How to remove Kohler shower handle - Trim with Setscrews
  • Using a 3/32” hex wrench, loosen the setscrew and slide the handle and adapter off the valve.
  • Slide the sleeve off the valve.
  • Using a Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the two screws and remove the face plate.
  • If applicable, use a flat-blade screwdriver to remove the pin from the adapter. Unscrew and remove the adapter from the valve.
How to remove Kohler shower handle - Trim with Setscrews
  • Using a 3/32” hex wrench, loosen the two setscrews. Slide the handle and bonnet off the valve.
  • Gently pry the cover plate from the escutcheon to expose the two screws.
  • Using a Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the screw and remove the adapter from the valve stem.
  • Using a Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the two screws and remove the escutcheon.
  • If applicable, use a flat-blade screwdriver to remove the pin from the adapter. Unscrew and remove the adapter from the valve.

 

 

How to remove Kohler shower handle – with Threaded Bonnets

How to remove Kohler shower handle - with Threaded Bonnets
  • Firmly grasp the handle. Turn the bonnet counterclockwise and remove the handle and bonnet from the valve stem.
  • Remove the face plate from the seal plate.
  • Using a Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the two screws and remove the seal plate.
  • If applicable, use a flat-blade screwdriver to remove the pin from the adapter. Unscrew and remove the adapter from the valve.
With Threaded Bonnets
  • Firmly grasp the handle. Turn the bonnet counterclockwise and remove the handle and bonnet from the valve.
  • If applicable, remove the pivot ring. Remove the face plate from the valve.
  • Using a Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the two screws and remove the retainer.
  • If no screws are present, unscrew and remove the retainer.
With Threaded Bonnets
  • Firmly grasp the handle. Turn the bonnet counterclockwise and remove the handle and bonnet from the valve stem.
  • Using a Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the two screws and remove the handle sleeve, shroud, and face plate.
  • If applicable, use a flat-blade screwdriver to remove the pin from the adapter. Unscrew and remove the adapter from the valve.

 

 

How to remove Kohler shower handle – 

with Center Cap

How to remove Kohler shower handle - with Center Cap
  • While holding the handle arm, unscrew the end cap. Remove the end cap, washer, and short sleeve.
  • Slide the handle arm from the bonnet. Ensure the O-ring and long sleeve are still in place.
  • Slide the center cap from the bonnet.
  • Using a 3/32” hex wrench, unscrew the screw from the bonnet.
  • Slide the bonnet and sleeve from the valve stem.
  • Using a Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the two screws from the escutcheon assembly. Remove the escutcheon assembly and the face plate.
  • If applicable, use a flat-blade screwdriver to remove the pin from the adapter. Unscrew and remove the adapter from the valve.

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