So, I thought the first mod I'd make on my new 2018 Crosstrek would be the simplest thing on the planet. I bought some interior LED replacement bulbs from Diode Dynamics after numerous posts here and elsewhere saying they were the ones to get.
They showed up today.
After work, I sat in my car, after sunset, so it was a bit dark. I used a small swiss army knife to pry off the Map Light covers, accessible from the driver's seat. I pulled out the incandescent bulb from the Driver's side Map Light, and popped in the new LED bulb. Pressed the button, and the light worked great.
So, I repeat the process, popping out the Passenger side Map Light bulb, and putting the new one in. My hand slipped, and the bulb end touched something(s) inside the area. I knew something had happened, though I don't know what, and I'm not exactly sure how. Maybe I had had the Driver's side light on to lend light to the situation?
Either way, after my fumble, the dome light, and the map lights didn't work, even the map light that had just been working fine.
After swearing a few times, I got out, and figured I'd deal with it in the morning.
Pressed the lock button on my key. . . nothing.
Pressed the lock touch area on the door handle. . . nothing.
Now, the car will still start via button, and the electric door locks still work via the button by the window controls, but my key doesn't seem to work anymore. It doesn't recognize my hand when I put it in the door handle. I tried grabbing the second key, just in case I had screwed the key up somehow, but that didn't work either.
So, I figured I must have shorted something, and started looking up the fuse box diagram. I'm honestly not sure what most of these mean, but I saw one labeled "Illumi" so I pulled that out with some needle nose pliers. It looked fine. Little contiguous squiggly silver line inside the red 7.5A case.
I took a look at two more, marked "KEY SW A" and "KEY SW B," again, both looked fine.
At this point I'm beyond my depth. I could go through pulling every fuse, but I figure one of you smart, handsome people has more smarts than me. I can't figure out what inside the passenger side dome light could possibly screw up the key recognition, but that's what I've experienced.
Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated.
How hard can it be to screw in a lightbulb?!
Here's a few photos: