​How to Replace the Mouthpiece on Your Scuba Regulator: A Comprehensive Guide

​How to Replace the Mouthpiece on Your Scuba Regulator: A Comprehensive Guide

Posted by Dive Pro Will Taylor on on 18th Apr 2024

How to Replace the Mouthpiece on Your Scuba Regulator: A Comprehensive Guide

Replacing the mouthpiece of a scuba regulator is a crucial skill for divers, enhancing both comfort and safety underwater. This task, simple enough to perform at home, requires a few basic tools. Follow this detailed guide to efficiently swap out a worn or uncomfortable mouthpiece on your regulator.

Step 1: Prepare Your Materials Before beginning, ensure you have the following items:

  • A new regulator mouthpiece compatible with your model
  • A small zip tie (typically included with the new mouthpiece)
  • Side cutters or scissors

Step 2: Remove the Old Mouthpiece 

First, locate the zip tie or clamp securing the mouthpiece to the regulator's bite tabs. Use the cutters or scissors to carefully cut the zip tie, taking care not to damage the bite tabs or hose. If the mouthpiece is tight, gently wiggle it off, using warm water to loosen it if necessary.

Step 3: Clean the Regulator

Once removed, clean the area where the mouthpiece was attached. Use a clean cloth to wipe the bite tabs, removing any debris or residue.

Step 4: Install the New Mouthpiece 

Soak the new mouthpiece in warm water briefly to soften it, then remove and shake off excess water. Correctly align it with the bite tabs (the larger bump should be on the bottom) and slide it into place until it is fully seated.

Step 5: Secure the New Mouthpiece 

Slide a zip tie through the holes at the base of the mouthpiece where it connects with the regulator. Tighten the zip tie until snug, being careful not to over-tighten and damage the silicone. Trim any excess zip tie.

Step 6: Inspect and Test 

After installation, inspect to ensure there are no gaps and the mouthpiece is not twisted. Conduct a basic function test by attaching the regulator to a tank, turning on the air, and breathing through the regulator. Check for leaks and adjust if necessary.

Mouthpiece replacement is straightforward and greatly improves your diving experience by ensuring optimal comfort. Always choose high-quality mouthpieces designed specifically for your regulator to ensure the best performance.

By following these steps, you can effectively and safely change the mouthpiece on your scuba regulator. Regular maintenance, including routine inspections and replacements, is essential for a safe and enjoyable diving experience. Enjoy your dives with renewed comfort and safety!