A really big hammer is always the solution to any hard problem when it comes to cars. For instance, when the "special" tool got stripped that forces in the wheel bearing, what did we use to install the wheel bearing?
a) we didn't beacuse the special tool was broken
B) a rubber ducky
c) a hammer and a 2x4
The correct answer is C. And I hit the 2x4 hard enough to break it in half length wise.
So yes, go out and purchas a very large rubber mallet. All of you, about the size of your fist, if not bigger. THen whenever something goes wrong, with putting something of or taking something off of your car, I bet if you were to take it to a mechanic, they would simply hit it with a hammer or air hammer, or hammer and chisel looking thing until it coperates.
Sorry I didn't check the forums yesterday to give my wonderful adivce when it coulda saved you $18. Or costed you $18 but then you would have a big rubber hammer.