Franke Olympus Tap dripping…

If your Franke Olympus Tap is dripping

  1. Check valves if your Tap is dripping from the Tip of the Spout (Aerator end) or Handle. You will need a 2mm allen key to remove the handle.
  2. Examine the Spout base for worn O Rings or pinholes in your Spout if the tap is dripping there. You will need either a 2mm sized allen key (for the oldest models) or a 2.5mm sized allen key (for later models). Pack of both sizes available here.
  3. Turn off water supply before you remove any parts.

The Franke Olympus Tap has various models produced from Oct 2002 to March 2019.  Links to specific models are provided at the end for correct parts ordering.

We supply Genuine Olympus Parts.  * ‘Compatible Parts’ are not coming from the Franke Tap Manufacturer.

DIY Guides are listed below for all the parts here.

This post here will take you through all the details that you might need to ensure that

  1. you have identified correctly what is wrong with your tap
  2. Order the correct parts
  3. Remember, you can contact us at any stage before ordering for assistance. No query is too small for us !

Your Franke Olympus Valve in more detail:

  • Look for ‘San Marco’ or ‘SMR’ stamped on the valve nut.
  • We offer genuine replacement valves without the need for measurement. 
  • Valves are quarter turn with ceramic discs, also known as  Glands.
  • Hot and Cold valves are NOT interchangeable, opening in different directions. A Hot Valve opens Clockwise and a Cold Valve opens Anti-Clockwise. We would never recommend trying to swop parts around as is sometimes advised on websites selling ‘compatible’ parts.  The more you disassemble a valve the more likely that you will affect the performance of the Valve. No manufacturer who manufactures Taps would advise doing this. 
  • For the Franke Filterflow Olympus Tap the same Cold Valve is used in both the Cold ‘mains’ and Cold ‘filtered’.
  • We offer the original ‘San Marco’ version due to changes internally in this Tap over the years of production.  This ‘San Marco’ stamped valve is specifically designed to cover all years of production. The seals come in white or black, distinguishing between Hot (CO) and Cold (ACO) valves easily. The Hot Valve has a nick on the nut sides and 28 splines (teeth).
4276r pair valves hot and cold with arrows

1427R (4276R) Pair of Valves. The CO Valve has a nick on the side of the nut to distinguish from the ACO Valve which has no nick on the side of the nut.


Olympus Brass Bush

Franke Olympus Brass Bush 3868R

Franke Olympus Brass Bush 3868R

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3561R Valve surrounded by Brass Bush 3868R

Valve Bush and Valve removed together as if one piece.

4276R valve and brass bush separate


Separate the bush from the valve if needed or purchase a new bush. The common bush for Olympus is 3868R with recess shown in the images above.

The Bush with lip , 3868R was used in some very early models and you can buy it here

old Franke old Olympus Tap Valve and Brass Bush with lip 3886R

The only bush we do not stock is the earliest bush.

Check here for information (and guide on how to separate) on the different bushes used in this Tap.


Olympus Spout O Rings:

  • The O Ring Kit 1425R (on some Olympus Installation guides as 3627R) Is used for Franke Olympus Tap, Side Spray Tap, Filterflow Olympus & the Franke Specialist Range Olympus Springflow.
  • This O Ring Kit 1425R includes 2 grub screws to fit the different size screws used over the years. A smaller white ptfe ring is present in newer models for stability. If you have an older Olympus Spout , just discard this smaller ring.
  • Follow our guide on changing O Rings for step-by-step instructions.
  • Use a 2.5mm allen key, or a 2mm allen key for early models.  Here is the pack of both.

If your spout has a pinhole, replace the entire spout. We stock these genuine spouts, available for the different Olympus Tap models. You can find your replacement part below.

  • Example Pinhole in Spout

    Example Pinhole in Spout

Useful DIY Guides :

Franke Olympus Triflow and Franke Olympus FilterFlow.

We have a specific blog post on these two taps as the parts internally are different, and you can read this here. We stock genuine Triflow Replacement Parts.

Genuine Franke Olympus Tap Parts All here

Genuine Franke Olympus Tap Parts All here

Genuine Franke Filterflow Olympus Tap Parts All here

Genuine Franke Filterflow Olympus Tap Parts All here

Genuine Franke Triflow Olympus Tap Parts All here

Genuine Franke Triflow Olympus Tap Parts All here

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My Franke Olympus Tap is dripping DIY Guide

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  1. Alan February 8, 2018

    Hi there

    I have a Franke Olympus, along with a spray attachment. The tap is dripping from the spout, and getting progressively worse. It was installed in 2012. How do I know whether I need to replace a valve, and which one it is?


  2. Bernard October 6, 2017

    Update – I can undo the valve cover but obviously cannot take it off as the handle is still there. Could the lime scale inside be preventing the handle coming off? If so I can see how I will get rid of the lime scale as it is “inside” the handle.

  3. Bernard October 6, 2017

    Hello, I am trying to replace the valve of a Olympus tap that is dripping from the handle as per the picture in your point 3 above. I can remove the grub screw from the handle with no problem but the handle itself is not going anywhere. Am I missing something – for instance should I remove the valve cover first even though the video’s that I have found do not suggest this? Thanks

  4. Veronica Mcpartland September 23, 2017

    In my kitchen i have a Franke Mythos MTX quarter turn tap in chrome that is leaking from the spout intermittently ,but when we run the hot tap in the bathroom it leaks a lot (which I find strange). Can you advise what is needed and how to change this please as your video although a Franke is different from mine
    I purchase this in 2012
    Many thanks Veronica

    • Alice September 23, 2017

      HI Veronica, usually if your tap is dripping from the spout you would need to replace the valve and here is the link to the Mythos Valve (Buy the earlier version 2307R and if calling a plumber you could buy the brass bushes as well and return if not needed). The bathroom situation seems to be some how water pressure related.

  5. Paul May 8, 2017

    I seem to have a problem replacing a grub screw into the back of my frankie taps. Any tips on how to do this

    • Alice May 8, 2017

      Not sure exactly what you mean. Do you have the correct size Allen Key – the grub screw changed in size so you jsut need to get an Allen Key that fits your screw.

  6. Oliver Marshall October 24, 2016

    Hello There,

    Your website is very helpful – Thank you. I have an old Franke Olympus tap and the cold feed copper tail underneath is weeping a small amount of water even when not in use. I have also noticed that the tap is leaking where the spout meets the base when the spout is rotated and the hot tap is on. Are there multiple issues here/ please can you advise on the replacement parts needed? Thanks. Oliver Marshall

    • Alice October 24, 2016

      Hi Oliver, if your tap is dripping where the spout meets the base then you would most likely need to replace the O Ring Kit. I am not sure about the copper pipes part. I could supply you with Tailpipes but it could be the connector that needs replacing / tightening but I can’t say for sure without seeing the Tap. Alice

  7. bob October 16, 2016

    how do I replace the O rings on a Franke Olympus kitchen tap?

    • Alice October 16, 2016

      HI Bob
      Here is our Guide: How to change a Kitchen Tap O Ring Kit
      You will find the Franke Olympus O Ring Kit that you need here: Franke Olympus O Ring Kit.

      Earlier models take a different grub screw so we would recommend that you retain (carefully remove your existing one as they are very small) in case it is a different size than the one currently supplied by the Manufacturer.

  8. Irene January 19, 2016

    Is it easy to replace filter on tap or does it require a plumber. The tap also has drinking filter tap attached

    • Alice January 21, 2016

      The instructions we post are for someone handy at DIY. If in doubt we always recommend calling a plumber. The advantage to having procured the spare parts in advance of a plumbers visit is that they can fix the tap for you rather than recommending purchasing a new tap when all your existing tap might require is the replacement of some spare parts.

  9. Mrs Anne Hewitt November 28, 2015

    My Franke Specialist Range Olympus Chrome Tap is leaking on the cold water side
    of the tap cold valve. My plumber looked at it for me and asked me to buy replacement
    valve parts. On your website it stated that the parts have been replaced since 2007,
    which was when my tap was installed (in May). I have the instructions for installation
    which state the part needed was S1022 for the cold valve, and S1023 for the hot. I would
    like to replace both but am not sure which parts (presumably replacements for the dis-
    continued ones) will fit my taps. Otherwise my tap is still working perfectly.

    • Alice November 28, 2015

      Dear Anne, the parts you require are the same (just a different code name, as this same valve has also been coded 3561R on some installation guides).
      Here is the link to the to the parts for the Olympus S (coded on later Installation Guides as the 1427R Hot and the 1427R Cold) and here is the link
      Olympus S Valves. If you require any further help just email me


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