I need to compress the ball joint together in order to slide the pin out. I don't know many who have the same issue as I do so you might be another one with this tight fit problem. Once I take out the pin the joint pops right apart indicating there is some pressure in there putting resistance on the pin. Same procedure for installing it. there is no way that pin is going in without holding the ball and socket tightly together with pliers or a clamp.mos said:I did rotate the pin and pulled straight up on it ...it is not moving ....maybe it is bent .... I see what looks like a bolt that holds the linkage to the plate . If I remove that it looks like the shifter and linkage will come off the plate . Is that right?