I know you said you aren't very mechanically inclined, but it is super easy to get the valve cover off - lefty loosey is the only knowledge you really need. And, well, what a valve cover is, haha. If you do want to tackle it, there's plenty of info on here, and plenty of us will answer questions as you go, too. For what it is worth, I never really worked on a car until I got my Elise. Now I have a lift in my garage and won't pay a mechanic for anything other than mounting and balancing tires. I've priced the equipment, but can't quite justify it yet, haha.I'll get a quote for my mechanic to check out the intake cam for peace of mind, fortunately enough there's no oil leakage from what i saw when i checked the car this morning for any burnt wires (none). Thanks for the information once again
Cam wiping also produces a ticking sound at idle, but so do injectors, so it can be hard to tell the difference since both are super close to each other.