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After securing the car on a lift, the wheels were ripped off and all the cotter pins pulled out. Then it was time to start pulling the steering components. The tie rods feature an interference fit so loosening the nut a little bit and whacking it with a hammer is usually all it takes to free the parts. Leaving the nut on does two things: It prevents the part from falling off the car once free and it protects the threads if you are reusing the part. If this procedure doesn't work for you, then you will need to pick up or borrow a pickle fork to separate the components.