I brought my car in because the starter died. During the multipoint check, they also discovered that the timing belt and the 'package' (all other components related to it) has not been changed since the previous owner had it. (I have a 2003 Accord w/ ~90k miles).
They told me that the timing belt needed to be changed and that they would not just replace the timing belt because the other parts that are in the system (tensioner, water pump, compressor) all are closely. If there's a new timing belt and the tensioner is old, it may cause improper tension and things would start grinding (I'm sorry that I don't have the exact terminology that the Honda Service mechanic used).
So I went ahead and had the entire Timing Belt 'package' (that's the term they used) replaced. (According to them, the timing belt is suppose to be changed every 7 years or 100k miles. Since my car was a 2003, it has been about 11 years...the mechanic said that it looked like the belt has never been changed)
Did I just get duped into getting more service than I needed? BTW, the cost of it all was about $1200. Is that too much?