First, thanks for this input in to this situation, definitely invaluable....
The belt did snapped while the vehicle was driving.
The car was under some load going up hills(mountainous traverse)
I was probably driving 40mph or so....
Yeah, I know that sound of belts breaking from non-interference 1.8l's letting go.....
(not really a big deal-have changed them on the side of the road)
So, fortunately I was in a place to pull off on this hill. I had plenty
of tools with me and a jack. I removed everything down to the
belt(including lower pulley. (Yes, belt snapped)
From reading several responses to my post....
You should assume you do have bent valves if so. You can install the
belt and do a compression test to find out for sure. Unplug the fuel
pump or injectors while testing. You do NOT want to try and run the
engine unless your compression check shows good . Like at LEAST 160 psi
in every cylinder. Trying to run the engine risks breaking a valve that
is bent, resulting in piston/cylinder damage.
This makes alot of sense (if I can install the belt,cause it didn't feel right)
It is normal for the drivers side cam to be under tension and want to
spring out of the 12 noon position because it's compressing the valves
at that time. Totally normal. Just carefully move it into position and
it will stay there.
What Idosubaru mentions above, is somewhat what I had felt(physically)
while I attempted to install the belt. I did eventually get the driver's cam to sit in this position.
What caused my hesitation to continue with this roadside repair, was that
when I moved the crank arrow to its position after having both passenger side and
driver's side cams it their respected positions(arrows to notch in back of cover),
the driver's side cam would pop out of position. I kinda got the feeling that
the process of moving the crankshaft to it's desired location was bumping into
a bent valve(driver's side head) and forcing the driver's side cam to spin clockwise.