To get the cylinder completely apart requires cutting it open and then rewelding it when you are done. Most kits have only the seals and wipers that go around the shaft. I pulled the seals and such out of mine with a variety of picks and screws. I actually screwed a screw down on opposite sides of the shaft and then pulled on the screws with pliers until the seals pulled out. It took a while, but I finally got all of the seals, washers, wipers and such swapped out. It was the easiest part to repair on the steering.