Actually, just the opposite…The cam follower broke? Do you think the shim/collar came off breaking the follower and the subsequently the belt?
Ohh, you CHANGED the belts at 16k… sorry, I thought you put them back on for some reason… didn't read your post.TYe slow down and read, the failed belt has 8k miles on it!! Belts were changed at 16k I'm at 24k
Your valve is stuck, the stem has most likely mushroomed. So the cam is under a lot of load. Straight-edged screw driver, inside the pulley where the T is, with a rubber mallet, pushing up… it should pop right out. You can't yank on it because you need to generate some vibrations, thats what the tapping will do.Now the 50k $ question is how the hell do I get this camshaft out!
Maybe… but my guess is, the cam is stuck between the opener and closer. So releasing the spring, won't make any difference, as the valve is stuck in place, holding the cam from moving.Unhook the spring from the cam follower and see if you can turn the cam