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I need to replace the front left seat belt retractor assembly

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I need to replace the front left seat belt retractor assembly on my 2006 ford explorer. I have the tools and parts. How do you remove the plastic cover from around the top torx bolt? There doesn't appear to be a way to do it without breaking it...
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Customer: yes
JA: Great! What have you tried so far?
Customer: All trim removed except the upper bolt cover
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Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  A. Penland replied 7 months ago.
Below are the directions for removing the seat belt retractor. You will have to remove the lower trim panel between the two doors before you remove the upper trim panel. There is a bolt behind the small trim panel where the seat belt goes into the upper panel. It is about 1" square.