Just gotta keep cleaning it out til it'll go in I guess. Every time I insert it, it gets a hair better. Pull it out, and there's gunk on the grease. Almost out of parts cleaner.
Jfc I give up for now. This shouldn't be a 2 hour thing.
Found my exhaust leak. There are no bolts at one of the pipe connections and whatever metal gasket is chowdered up. Pulled as much of that out as I could and threw on two bolts I had laying around. No more annoying rattle, just the burble from the gap between the pipes.
While I had the FL wheel off trying to shove the stupid block heater in, took a look at my ball joints...upper is definitely fucked. Boot's torn, etc. Lower seemed fine, but might as well do both. Tie rod end had a little wiggle to it (I hear you're not supposed to be able to wiggle it around by hand). Only issue about doing these myself is I'd want/need heat in the garage. But, Taco just fits in garage with the door closed...can't walk in front of or behind it, so whenever I'm doing work on it, I open the door and back up 4-5' so I can move side to side and have space up front. I'd have to like hang tarps or something as best I could over the door opening to keep heat in, otherwise a heater would be relatively pointless. I could utilize my parents' garage, but then I'd have to move all my tools and junk and my truck (and thus me) would be stuck there for probably two days while I battle rusty garbage.