I did read your posts. My pins did not have corrosion on them. The pins simply would not come out, and I did verify that I did buy the right tool. A tool which cost me $11 something for a tiny piece of metal. After removing 3 pins in 20 minutes and cursing up a storm, on my 4th pin removal I broke my tool. So last night I did order the molex connectors (granted I had to buy 22 port ones instead of the 21 port ones). Coincidentally the most of the molex connectors with shipping was $11. So if the end game is to get the wires out and cut the connectors off anyway, then I would have just been further ahead to go get the new connectors as a whole, cut the wires outright and avoid myself some frustration. I should have just did that instead of buying the tool. Same cost, same result, less headaches.
I get that in the long run, had I already owned the removal tool, that using it would save me money in the future down the road, if it worked and i was able to use it multiple times. But I'm not sure that I will have more than one pinball machine. So owning this specialized tool, which is now broke anyway, does nothing for me.
Don't get me wrong I appreciate the help. And I don't doubt the authenticity of your procedure you listed, the fact is it wasn't working for me. So maybe like someone else said, you're just more skilled that us at the removal.
So with all that said, the only thing left up in the air, which I won't know until my GPE order arrives, is if the 22 pin connector is a suitable replacement for the 21 pin one. If someone has any idea, I'd love to know. Or if you know where I can purchase a new 21 pin connector, I'd love to know that too. I couldn't find them anywhere. Otherwise if the 22 pin one does not work, and I can't find a 21 pin connector, then I will probably go buy an eyeglass screwdriver tool for 99 cents and suffer through removing the pins from just those 21 pin connectors. I'm not going to buy another $11 tool that I will just break again.