If you haven’t been following the preventative maintenance schedule in your owners manual faithfully, it may be a good idea to trade this one in for a new car. Its a bit late to start now, but if a new car is not possible, then by all means start following the schedule.
You should be on your third timing belt by now, even though you don’t have that many miles on the vehicle. The belt is made from rubber and kevlar, and the rubber breaks down with time, Seven years is the recommended time interval. I went 8 years on the second belt in our 97 Accord and it was all cracked, did not look good. You can see in these pictures. It was also very loose.
Be sure that you get the transmission fluid changed every 30 k miles on this car. No flush, just a drain and refill, the new Honda ATF helps the transmission shift smoother in cold weather, be sure to only use the Honda ATF, no other.
Certain types of battery failures can damage the alternator so if your battery is over 5 years old, that might be a good investment. But many battery failures do not damage the alternator, only the types that are due to an internal short. Usually you will notice that the starter cranks slower than normal just before the battery goes out completely though. Many car parts stores can do a load test on your battery if you ask. a voltage check is not enough, it needs to be a load test. The load tester is a pretty big tester, it does not fit in the palm of your hand, and it hooks up to the battery with something that looks like jumper cables. A volt tester would fit in the palm of your hand.
Replacing the starter and alternator just as a PM is not a good idea because sometimes the replacements aren’t as good as what is in there already, especially if they are remans. New Honda parts will give you sticker shock.
BTW, our Accord has 187k miles on it. I’ve owned it since new and have always followed the maintenance schedule faithfully. I would not hesitate for a second to jump in it and drive it cross country. Well I would hesitate just long enough to check the air pressure in the tires, but that is all.