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So, I am having a trip from Atlanta,GA to Chesapeake,VA, which is gonna be at least 8 hours drive. Today, I was trying to check my car and I found out that I scratched my tire on the surface... So, I don't know whether I have to change a new one or not! The scratching is like 1 inch long, 0.5 inches in height, and 0.2 inches in width. It is in my left front tire.
 

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Looks like a good size gouge to me.
 

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Best to see a tire specialist to get an idea of how bad this is. Sidewall damage is the worst, most prone to cause a blow out. Just be warned most shops will likely suggest replacing it.
 

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So, I am having a trip from Atlanta,GA to Chesapeake,VA, which is gonna be at least 8 hours drive. Today, I was trying to check my car and I found out that I scratched my tire on the surface... So, I don't know whether I have to change a new one or not! The scratching is like 1 inch long, 0.5 inches in height, and 0.2 inches in width. It is in my left front tire.
I had a similar tear but on the inside sidewall that leaked. I had had my car about a week when it appeared. I say "appeared" because I didn't recall hitting anything or running over anything that would have caused such damage. All of the original tires seemed very soft too me. I was able to pull the remaining rubber tag off easily. I had four new tires installed (Goodyear Eagle Sport) and paid out of pocket since I knew the dealer would either not replace a damaged tire or just put an identical Michelin back on.
Loving the Eagle Sports.
 
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