I'm not sure that I understand exactly what you are dealing with but it sounds like you are trying to get a broken ball pin out of the safety rod. If that is the case you have to remove the little wire safety clip first and it should then come out. Hope this helps.firedog said:OK. I guess the reason I cannot get the nut off is because there isn't a nut there. The ball stud screws into the deflection lever. Still have to get the broken piece of stud out though. Thoughts?