2000 Acura GSR

My son just bought a 2000 GSR, he's only had it one day and the clutch is soft. He said it will sometimes go in gear and other times not. Anyone have any suggestions on what may be causing this or what it could be?

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the clutch itself. Since the solution for any of those is the same (a clutch job) here are a couple of less aggravating possibilities to check out.
The first is the gearbox lubrication. The smart way to approach that is to get the gearbox drained and refilled with genuine Honda manual transmission fluid. It is an inexpensive job or an easy DIY and can make a significant difference, especially if the level is low now. If the problem is worse when the engine is cold, this is my top suspect. In any event, it won't hurt and will likely help. It is also an important routine maintenance item.
The clutch cylinders may be failing. Most often this is heralded by a drop in the hydraulic clutch reservoir level, so if the fluid level is still at the full mark you probably don't want to go down that medium-priced path yet.
Within the clutch, the disc could be hanging up instead of floating freely on the splines, and occasionally other things go wrong. As I say, that still requires a clutch job... nobody in their right mind pulls a tranny and then leaves old parts in there. But the important indication is whether the clutch is actually disengaging completely. When he tries to shift into gear with the engine running it may be balky. However, once in gear he should be able to shift freely into neutral and back into gear as much as he wants without it resisting as long as he holds the clutch down. If that is true, the clutch is not dragging and the problem is in the gearbox - with the lubrication being a major part of that. If the problem is synchro wear in the gearbox (from jamming the tranny into gear) few people feel the cost of repair is worth it.
One more thing, unrelated but so important it must be asked - was there a receipt or other record to show the timing belt was changed when due, or at least isn't overdue? If not, the belt must be changed ASAP to avoid the heartbreak of a broken timing belt. (I assume the GSR is still a timing belt engine.)
Mike
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