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There was a little smoke coming from the spark plug area, a bad burning smell like rubber, and a sound almost like air leaking out of a tire

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Hello! It sounds as if you had a spark plug wire come in contact with the exhaust manifold. If this happens, you will also notice that the car may begin to sputter and have a misfire condition. As for the sound, it could be the wire arcing against metal.

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