QS8.1 keyboard repair, green key clips!

Qs8.1 keyboard repair: I have 6 broken keys and its the green key clip that has broken. I found where to buy the key clips for only $1 each, however, when I tried to dismantle my keyboard I was unable to pull out the pivot rod the clips are on. It's long, and really stuck on there. Any suggestions about taking the rod out? Do I just need brute force, or a hammer? If I can't get the rod out I want to know what kind of plastic it's made with, if PVC I could probably use PVC glue.

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