Before you tackle removing the top column cover, you really should remove the gauge bezel. This will give you more room to work on the top cover and keep the bezel from getting scratched up. First, lower the steerig column (after removing the bottom cover). Second, remove two screws that hold the bezel in place. Third, pulling gently on the bottom/sides of the bezel, pop it out of the dash. Fourth, lift out the bezel by pulling it towards the steering wheel while tilting the bezel over the steering wheel to that you have plenty of room; you should be able to do this without the bezel even touching the wheel.