Originally Posted by rib-x450
The cable started to pull back put of the tube but the likage end wouldnt slide throught the tube? ....
....gave it a few wacks with the hammer and still no joy.
Hammering the end of the rod to try to release it can cause the end to expand as the hole for the link bar gets ovalised with all the hammering.
This may be your problem. Does the hole still look round?
Tilt tubes are notorious for seizing up, due to loss of grease. You can buy small gaiters, which help retain it. I've always used automotive track rod end seals around the steering rod & tilt tube to keep all the grease in there.