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is what the old Moen stem looks like once you do get it out, if it
looks thinner, it's possible you only removed the inner part of the
stem, the rest still needs to be removed.
The tool I mentioned is designed to remove the outer part if it got stuck in the shower valve, but it may not come out, and it may be time for a new faucet.
Once the stem is out clean the inside of the faucet, to be sure it is free of any debris and is real smooth.
Use a silicone based grease to very lightly coat the inside of the faucet.