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Hinge pins can be difficult to remove as they are drive-in fit - normally the top hinge pin comes out downwards and the lower hinge pin upwards. It can be very difficult if not impossible to get a decent dig at them with a straight punch and hammer. Most body shops have a special tool for the job. It consists of a rod which actually passes through the centre of the pin with a small nut on one end and a slotted striker bar which you hit with the hammer. It is wise to renew the pin as they are primarly designed as a once only fitting - although I have seen them re-used on many occasions but a new pin will ensure a good fit.
Have a look for an example of the toolin the link below
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