18 Then, we removed the outer tie-rod end's cotter pin and nut. Using a tie-rod separator that we borrowed from a local auto parts store, we removed the tie-rod end's tapered stud from the spindle. To avoid damaging the suspension, we struck along the axis of the tie-rod end. This method damages the tie-rod dust boot, but it's the most effective method we've tried. Besides, we won't be re-using the tie-rod end anyway.