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My car is making a putting sound and has a funny smell. on 1998 Ford Taurus

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Drove the car for the first time in a week and when i drove it it seemed like it wanted to stall and when i turned it off and got out there was a small fire underneath the right hand side. the putting sound is like a truck or diesel.
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GET IT "TOWED" TO A REPAIR SHOP AND LET A MECHANIC CHECK IT OUT!!! SOUNDS LIKE EGR TUBE BROKE OFF AND HOT EXHAUST IS BOLWING OUT AND THAT CAN INDEED START A FIRE!
Converter melt-down -blown out exhaust donut? YES have it towed , don't drive it to a shop!