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Eheim Pro 3 Replacement Parts

I have a pro 3, 2071 and had trouble during my last cleaning. The handle on part 742871 broke, and it wasn't making a tight fit or clicking when I inserted it into the canister.


I see Eheim sells the replacement part https://eheimsupport.com/eheim-compl...8-7428718.html, but before I order, I want to make sure that replacing that broken piece solves the problem.



Is the rest of the canister OK, or was the adapter not fitting right because of something wrong with the canister.


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The problem is just with the adapter. I've replaced them numerous times on my two Eheims and find it easier to go ahead and replace them when it starts getting a bit stiff when closing the valves instead of having it break and then need to take the head apart. Big Al's usually has the best price.
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Thanks. I'm in Canada and my local Big Al's said that's a special order part, could take time to get here, and will cost around $100. I saw on Eheim's site I can order it (with shipping to Canada) for $40 USD.
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Thank you! Makes me wonder what was wrong with my local store that they wouldn't order it in for me!
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But BEFORE replacing the part, it pays well to ask WHY it broke! One of the big things about anything we do needs to be avoiding trouble when we can, so why does this handle break?
What makes something move versus hard to move? Lube it!
If you have one of these great filters, don't just go with the narrow minded idea that a part like this breaks. Do something as simple as smearing a Q-tip of petroleum jelly on all the surfaces to make them slick and move easy! While there smear a wet finer of jelly on all the other parts that need to move easy like the O-rings on fittings, to make them stay flexible and slide in and out of the mating fitting without grinding their life away on dry parts!
As for the argument that it is petroleum? Go back to sleep as it's a really old subject and you may have missed out. Plastic is also a petroleum product and millions of people use both it and jelly. Just get the cheap, no flavor, no scent stuff and keep it handy.
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But BEFORE replacing the part, it pays well to ask WHY it broke! One of the big things about anything we do needs to be avoiding trouble when we can, so why does this handle break?
What makes something move versus hard to move? Lube it!
If you have one of these great filters, don't just go with the narrow minded idea that a part like this breaks. Do something as simple as smearing a Q-tip of petroleum jelly on all the surfaces to make them slick and move easy! While there smear a wet finer of jelly on all the other parts that need to move easy like the O-rings on fittings, to make them stay flexible and slide in and out of the mating fitting without grinding their life away on dry parts!
As for the argument that it is petroleum? Go back to sleep as it's a really old subject and you may have missed out. Plastic is also a petroleum product and millions of people use both it and jelly. Just get the cheap, no flavor, no scent stuff and keep it handy.
FWIW, I will add that I do lube them with each filter cleaning ( monthly ), but over time the inevitable still happens.

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Thanks. I'm in Canada and my local Big Al's said that's a special order part, could take time to get here, and will cost around $100. I saw on Eheim's site I can order it (with shipping to Canada) for $40 USD.
I would consider replacing the filter before spending $100 for the part. It's
$16 US from Big Al's.
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Thanks everyone. the filter is back up and running. Never had to replace that part before, so it was a bit of a panic thinking the whole filter was shot.
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Did you already replace the part?

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Did you already replace the part?

Yes, my local Big Al's did in fact carry the piece, and even had it in stock. They did curb side pick up. replacing it was no problem, and the piece fit as it should.
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Excellent and glad to hear you got it quick and the filter works!

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When lubing this part it is sometimes easy to miss some on the details and one of those is to get some of the lube down inside on the ball of the balljoints as that is where lots of the rub comes in. I just use the end of the Q-tip as I move the ball back and forth until it gets easy to move it.
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It's not the fastest source, but the lowest price I've found for these is Ebay seller rainbowoik in the UK. It looks like I can't post an Ebay link, but if you search for "Eheim 7428718" you'll find it.

That tap connector and ejection mechanism is the weak link on the Eheim Pro series. Consider yourself lucky if, when it does break (and it will break), it doesn't break with the valve closed, stuck in the head.

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