You did loosen the locking bolt before attempting to push/rotate the lock lever CCW against spring tension, correct?
It can only be moved once the lock bolt has been loosened. Sounds to me like the old style EM extension spring is doing it job.
With the locking bolt 1-2 turns loosened, there is usually just a tiny little bit of 'jiggle' room of clearance between the doo-hickey & the shaft without a Torsion Spring installed.
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