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97 vw jetta idle

I was trying to learn how to drive a manual and it stalled out. when i went to start it again in neutral it would start but stall out again while in idle. any ideas on what it could be?

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IAC valve may be sticky or carboned up. Use throttle body cleaner to clean it up, and it should be good.

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