How To - Remove Front Seat Headrests & Repair Loose Headrests (sorry, all my photos were deleted off my web hosting, and I can't seem to find a backup. If anybody saved these, PM me.) The headrests in the Taurus are held in using a plastic retainer, and a spring clip. The spring clip passes through a cutout slot in the plastic retainer, and catches on the indented notches on the headrest rod. The notches are bi-directional at several different places on the rod, so the headrest will lock into place in several positions. The last notch, however, is shaped so the spring clip will catch on it and prevent the complete removal of the headrest. figure 1 - Headrest retainer, spring clip, and screw-on trim cover The plastic retainer snaps into a hole in the seat frame. The bottom of the retainer shaft has little tabs that snap in place to prevent the removal of the retainer from the hole. Unfortunately, these tabs can break off which will make the headrest loose. In addition, it is very difficult to remove the retainer intact without complete removal of the seat upholstery. One must depress the tabs, squeezing the end of the retainer, and then push it back up in the seat rail which can only be done from inside the seat. figure 2 - cutaway - headrest retainer in seat - assembled figure 3 - Clip catches on last notch on headrest shaft Remove Headrest To remove the headrest without removing the seat fabric, one must perform these steps on each of the two headrest rods and retainers: - Climb into the back seat - Raise the headrest to the top position - Unscrew the two trim covers and slide them up the rods - With a flathead screwdriver, poke into the hole and slide the spring clip enough to disengage it from the notch on the headrest rod and pull the first side of the headrest out a little bit - Repeat for the second side - When both spring clips are disengaged, pull the headrest out figure 4 - Using screwdriver to disengage spring clip figure 5 - detail of spring clip, before sliding figure 6 - detail of spring clip, after sliding Do not slide the clip completely off, or it may be lost inside the seat. About 1/2 inch (1 cm) should be plenty. To replace the headrest, slide the clips back into the original position, and push the headrest back into the seat. Removing the retainers, without removing upholstery The only way to remove the retainers without removing the upholstery is to destroy them. You will break the bottom plastic tabs off which will fall down inside the seat somewhere. This is okay, because the only reason to replace these is if the headrest is loose because a few tabs have broken off anyway. Procedure: Without unscrewing the trim covers or loosening the spring clips, repeatedly lower the headrest and slam it into the highest position, like a slide hammer. Doing this multiple times will eventually break off the tabs and you will be able to remove the headrest with the retainers still attached to the rods. You will need to work the retainers through the holes in the upholstery, as they are a bit larger than the holes in the upholstery. To install new retainers, you may need to stretch the holes in the upholstery and foam with screwdrivers, and work the new retainers down into the holes. Once they are fully seated they will snap into place, and not be able to be removed. That's it! Hope that information serves you well!