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Well, I got it out last night. I had to call my brother with much skinnier hands, he pulled it out using no effort at all.
Now I'm having problems getting mine back in! It has been out so long, I had to come back to this thread just to figure out WHERE it goes back in..
I found this video, where someone else a year ago had a similar problem getting it back IN.
Each repair should invariably add to our knowledge base by the process of inexorable incrementalism. Your job, in return, is to read the suggested threads, where the best people will always add value to those threads, either by pictures or by descriptions, so the next person with the same problem stands on your shoulders.
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