Join Date: May 2004
Location: Wilmington, DE
Bikes: 1984 Trek 660, 2003 Specialized Hardrock, 2004 LOOK KG386i (RIP), 2005 Iron Horse Warrior Expert, 2009 Pedal Force CX1, 2014 Islabikes CNOC 14 (son's)
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I'm not completely sure that I follow what's going on here but I highly suggest you take the bike to a competent LBS and either have them size the chain or, if they are feeling helpful, show you how to do it. Either your technique is way off or your chain tool is damaged. Either one could ruin your new chain.
FYI, soaking it in oil will do nothing to loosen the press fit pins.