Does anyone know if it is possible to remove the sterring column covers without removing the steering wheel? My headlights are only working intermittently and I'm down to a loose connector at the switch or the switch itself.
Yes you can. IF your car is an F1 its is best to remove shift paddles and I recommend removing the gauge cluster as well. There are some Phillip head screws that need to be removed from the underside, then loosen the steering column position lever to lift the column to its highest and most extended position. At this point you should be able to use a plastic putty spoon to split the halves and remove the lower. Now again use the steering column potion lever to raise the wheel to its lowest point and lift the top half off.
Actually the column covers have to be removed in order to take out the gauge cluster. You have to be very careful removing the covers as the plastic pieces can break off very easily. The top cover is the most difficult because you have to wrangle it over the ignition lock barrel. Just take your time and be patient.