My cable broke at the eye hook. I started to replace it after reading the how to's here on the forum. But I have a couple questions. On the first picture, I cannot separate the two ends. It is threaded out as far as it will go. Can I continue to replace the cable without any issues? In the second picture, according to what I read, the lever will come off after pushing out the bushing. Well I see no plastic bushing and the one side is pretty beat up from aftermarket mirrors. Not sure what to do at this point.