Honda Timiing Belt Question

'94 Honda Accord Station Wagon. Currently 120,000 miles. Owner's manual states that the timing belt should be replaced at 140,000 miles. Then, through a subscript, it says "Recommended Only"
What is the meaning of this phrase (Recommended Only). Seriously, everything in the maintenance schedule is a "recommendation", in my opinion.
Is this really a fabric belt that "must" be replaced before it breaks, or, is it a metal chain that stretches and is "recommended" to be replaced when the automatic tensioner is beyond function due to excessive stretch.
All comments appreciated.
Needless to say, the local mechanic claims that the belt should have been replaced at 60k miles and every 60k miles thereafter.
Ivan Vegvary
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Ivan Vegvary wrote:

it's replace at 140k KILOMETERS not miles. you're overdue by 30k.

yeah, it's only a recommendation, but one that can save you upwards of $2k. your call on the economics of deferral.

it's a fiber reinforced toothed rubber belt. it doesn't stretch, it just fatigues & breaks.

!!! you'll get a few more than me i'm sure.

60k miles is premature unless using inferior aftermarket parts.

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Ivan Vegvary wrote:

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You're overdue by about 5 years. TIME is just as important as mileage.
Start carrying a Peach basket in the back of your station wagon . .
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If the "peach-basket" implies that the owner has to pick up his engine parts off half a mile of road and bring them into the shop in a peach basket, that is untrue. I've broken my Honda timing belts once. The only time I had to go collect my parts on the road is when the parts remain useful. I lost a connecting rod caps and bearings once - didn't bother to retrieve them because each part traveled 50-ft per second and DISAPPEARED in my rear view mirror.
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Thanks for the replies, everybody!! Guess I'll be tearing into that timing belt real soon.
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