How do I remove the steering cable from the engine's tilt tube?
Disconnect the link arm that attached the output end of the cable (telescopic ram) to the tiller arm of the engine. Unscrew the large nut that attaches the cable to the tilt tube (support tube). If the cable was greased regularly, it should slide out through the tube.
If the cable does not easily slide out, spray inside the tube with liberal amounts of penetrating oil. With care, use a small hammer and block of wood to tap the cable out (after the attachment nut has been removed from the tilt tube). Severe blows can damage not only the cable but the engine's tilt tube and other areas. This process requires care and patience. Do not try to drive the cable out by turning the steering wheel - this can damage the helm.