I would highly discourage it!
Best to put the clevis or lock nut on the rod, clamp it in a vise, use the cylinder like a slide hammer to knock it out.
If it's bent or bound up, take it outside, tilt the cylinder part slightly up, fill it as full of water as you can get, get all the air out. Then pressure it up with the water hose, slowly and from a distance.
It should push apart without launching. Still, be careful!