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Hello everyone!

I recently picked up my 2015 Discovery Sport HSE (more interesting stories later to share).

I would like to ask all the experts in this forum for one thing I have not been able to figure out:
How do we remove front seat's headrest (head restraint)?

In page 29 of owner's handbook, it says
"2 people are required when removing a front head restraint.
To remove the head restraint:
1. Move the head restraint to the upper most position.
2. Using 2 hands, press down on each of the collars on the top of the seat to engage hidden buttons inside the seat.
3. While the collars are being pressed down, the second person should lift out the head restraint."

I have many friends trying to help me perform this procedure, however none of us was able to remove the headrest. We kept pushing down the collars (either both at the same time or separately), but we just could not make it happen (could not feel any button click either).

Thanks and any help is greatly appreciated! :)
 

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I finally managed to remove the front seat headrest, and here is what I did:

1. Removed the seat back cover. Since the dealer already removed it last time, this was not hard (There are three retention clips at the bottom of the seat back, so you need to pry the bottom, not the top).
2. Once the seat back cover was removed, I was able to see the stems of the headrest. I was trying to use my finger to feel any “button” or “lock” inside the seat, I was not able to do so since there was a very thick piece of metal on top of the stem and the space is really tight.
3. There was a hole at the end of the stem, so I took a Phillips head screwdriver and stick it to the hole.

4. I then used a hammer “slowly” and “gently” to tap the other end of the screwdriver.
5. Guess what? The headrest started moving upward after the first tap. I did not even use too much of the force. I stopped tapping right away since I wanted to do this evenly for both stems.
6. I moved the screwdriver to the other stem, and repeat the same procedure.
7. I then switch back to other stem again, and back and forth between the two stems. Just to be safe with very small amount of force.
8. I stopped the procedure once I heard a “click”, and this is the sound that the clip was unlocked.
9. Finally I just used my hands to pull up the headrest.
 

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Thanks for the tutorial! Was this the headrest for the passenger side or the driver side? Just wondering why you wanted to remove it.
 

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Great write up.

Sure to help folks out there, especially the DIY'ers that might want to install aftermarket screens in them.
 

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Thanks for the tutorial! Was this the headrest for the passenger side or the driver side? Just wondering why you wanted to remove it.
- Both driver and passenger sides.

One reason is that we need to put a tissue box holder around the headrest stems. Unfortunately the strap of the holder is fixed and small, so the only way to do it is remove and reinsert the headrest.

Another reason is that DS' headrests extend far forward which results in neck and back pain (some other cars are worse). Flipping the headrest is the simplest way to solves the problem. I understand it may not fully protect my neck if a whiplash happens, but at least I can enjoy driving my DS without neck and back pains.
 

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Another reason is that DS' headrests extend far forward which results in neck and back pain (some other cars are worse). Flipping the headrest is the simplest way to solves the problem. I understand it may not fully protect my neck if a whiplash happens, but at least I can enjoy driving my DS without neck and back pains.
Do you have any pics of what it looks like after you flipped the headrest around? I have a similar issue where I feel like my head is being forced too far forward. Any idea is the headrest for the backseats are at a different angle and would they be interchangeable?
 

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Do you have any pics of what it looks like after you flipped the headrest around? I have a similar issue where I feel like my head is being forced too far forward. Any idea is the headrest for the backseats are at a different angle and would they be interchangeable?
I will take a picture for you once my DS is back from the dealer. It has been in the dealer for a week now to get the B-pillar rattle "RE-fixed". :crying:
 

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Do you have any pics of what it looks like after you flipped the headrest around? I have a similar issue where I feel like my head is being forced too far forward. Any idea is the headrest for the backseats are at a different angle and would they be interchangeable?
Finally got my DS back today (had been in the dealer for service for 14 straight days, to refix B-pillar rattle and other stuff).

Here is the picture showing two different angles. Hope it helps.
 

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Thanks for the pic. Now it is a "discussion" with the wife. She likes the headrest as is, while I am not a fan. Too bad the fronts don't have some tilting functionality similiar to the back.
 

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Thanks for the pic. Now it is a "discussion" with the wife. She likes the headrest as is, while I am not a fan. Too bad the fronts don't have some tilting functionality similiar to the back.
You're welcome!

If it's about the consistent look, you can flip both. :)

But trust me, if you don't want to see the medical bills from the chiropractor, you will be glad you flip it.
 

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But trust me, if you don't want to see the medical bills from the chiropractor, you will be glad you flip it.
Gee, I don't have any trouble with mine in the default position. My head never hits it unless I lean back. Good thing, cause I don't like the chiropractor. ;-)
 

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Gee, I don't have any trouble with mine in the default position. My head never hits it unless I lean back. Good thing, cause I don't like the chiropractor. ;-)
If you sit curved, you won't have the problem. If you sit straight up, then you are going to feel the pressure.
 

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I plan on reversing mine as well.

There are three retention clips at the bottom of the seat back, so you need to pry the bottom

Just to confirm, you mean simply get the fingers inside the back panel and pull out? (OR slide the panel up then pull out?) I just want to make sure not to break any clips that are holding the back panel or else they won't "snap" back on later.
 

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I plan on reversing mine as well.

There are three retention clips at the bottom of the seat back, so you need to pry the bottom

Just to confirm, you mean simply get the fingers inside the back panel and pull out? (OR slide the panel up then pull out?) I just want to make sure not to break any clips that are holding the back panel or else they won't "snap" back on later.
I have exactly the same question!

I have inserted my fingers, tried to pry open and tried to slide the plastic panel up all without success.
Has anyone actually done this without the garage having done it first?
 
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