I am trying to remove the stem below to fix a dripping faucet. I use a wrench to loosen around the hex with the arrow. With some force the stem begins to loosen (the threaded-looking part below loosens as well). At some point however, I cannot loosen any further, nor can I pull the stem out vertically.

I am not sure of the brand of the faucet, but it's also pictured. Any ideas? Is this stem supposed to NOT come out? Thanks. enter image description here

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In the close-up in photo *1 just above the first set of threads there is a "c" shaped clip. With a small screwdriver (or nail) pry it off. Be prepared for it to shoot away.

Once removed the stem should slide (or un-thread) away from the base.

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