I cannot get the pivot rod out to remove my bathroom sink stopper assembly. I unscrewed the nut easily enough. The ball part doesn't seem stuck but the rod will not come out. Every post/youtube video/instruction makes it seem like it will easily slide out once the nut is removed. I sprayed it with WD40 and will try again in a bit, but any ideas otherwise?

update: the WD40 worked! Now if I could get the dumb J trap loose!

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I have had the ball /pivot plugged up with hair and toothpaste more than once. I usually use a pair of pliers and a little force to remove it, in one case I had to remove the drain and use a long handled screwdriver to pry it out from the inside, once it was clean it slid back in place no problem. So give it a bit of force and it will come out.

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