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Hello,

I took my vehicle in for an inspection. When I got it back, I noticed a tiny piece of tread missing near the middle, looked as if it was removed. There's also a dot which looks rubbed off near the left area of the tire.

This didn't happen before, the tires are in good condition, they haven't been driven on with a lot of mileage. Is there any way to stop this?
 

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Could you maybe post a picture?
 

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Yes, here are two pictures:

Picture 1 has the tread missing near the right, this was a few days after I brought the vehicle back from the inspection. Tire_tread 1.jpg
Picture 2 has the tread looking like it was rubbed off with friction.
Tire_tread 2.jpg
The thing is, this tire never looked like this before, why does it look like this and any suggestions on how to stop this?
 

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How old are the tires? Check the date code on them. My guess is they're dry rotted from age. If that's the case, they're not safe and need replaced.
 

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5 years. This is only one tire, the other tires don't have this problem, I was wondering why something like this happened only after an inspection (the tires were taken off and put back on)
 

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I had a look at the tires again, and it seems the tire pressure is uneven with the tire in question inflated to the max load (33 psi) while the other one isn't. I usually don't keep it at the max load capacity, it was done during the inspection.

Should I bring the inflation down to the other tire level? Is it possible to repair the missing tread?
 

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Tire pressure will make no difference for something like that. My guess is you ran over something, likely a piece of metal or concrete. That spot is so small I wouldn’t worry about it. It’s unlikely that it will ever be a problem. Unless of course another spot just like it shows up.

What kind of tires and where were they manufactured?
 

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These are all season tires were manufactured in the U.S.A. by Michelin. This tire was new, I think the tire make is discontinued now. (Michelin tends to discontinue certain tires a lot, and if you buy one and then it's discontinued, no exchange even if you have not used it.)

Pictures 1 and 2 are the only spots on the tire, and there doesn't seem to be another spot like this one on the tire so far.
 

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I drive Michelin’s all the time and I like them. That’s a very small spot, on my car I probably wouldn’t even have noticed because my tires are never that clean. I do a lot of back road (dirt) driving where a traffic jam is a tractor going up the center of the road.

Keep watch for a week or two if nothing further develops, don’t worry about it.
 

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If the tire is only 5 years old, I wouldn't worry about it. If you want to be cautious, I'd check the tire occasionally (like when you get gas) just to make sure it doesn't get worse.
 

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I'll keep watch and checking, what about high speed driving would there be more friction?

Speaking of tires I bought a full size Michelin tire which I have as a spare tire a year and a half ago. Michelin discontinued that make of tire and the newer version of the same tire has a thicker sidewall. I was told not to mix the spare with the newer version.
 
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