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96 Neon idles a little too low it shuts off

When my 96 Neon idles a little too low it shuts off. And if I come to a stop too quick it quits. I didn't used to have to keep my foot on the pedal to start it but now I do. What's going on?

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This sound as if it may be the IAC or idle air control valve which is located just behind where the air intake hose attaches to the throttle body. This is a switch that tells the computer how fast the car should idle and adjust the air intake to keep the idle steady. If you go to one of the car part websites you can look up the IAC and see what it looks like for your particular vehicle. Autozone, Checker, Oreiley all have websites.

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