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Help with Pirelli tires on my CLK550

Hi, I put on new pirelli tires on my CLK550 9 months ago. I've only done 5.3k miles. However I see these marks on the tiers. I don't remember seeing them 15 days back. They seem to have appeared out of nowhere! Could someone please help me understand what it is? And if I need to be worried about it, or if I should change my tiers. I did leave my car with Nation Tires and Batteries in Chicago after a tire valve broke. They said due to the TPMS, they have to replace the whole valve and put a non Mercedes value and charged me $150. I don't even know if I got ripped off or not. Could they have switched my tires when I left the car with them? Here are the pics. Could it be dry rot? And can tiers dry rot in 9 months! I used it in PA mostly. And now I have it pretty much parked in KY. I noticed these marks after coming back from a trip to Chicago (Where I had taken it to NTB). Thank you for any information that can be provided.
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That looks like road hazard damage to me, as in you drove over something. I rather doubt NTB would have switched out your tires, to what end?

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That looks like road hazard damage to me, as in you drove over something. I rather doubt NTB would have switched out your tires, to what end?
Thank you for the response. Even i initially thought I probably drove over something, like bad roads or broken glass. But I don't remember doing so. But I probably might have. Could you please let me know if it's alright to drive it this way or if I need to change them?
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From the pictures it doesn't look as if you have a danger type problem. I bought a Lincoln MKX for my wife that had Pirellis with like new tread. From my old tire days I remembered Pirllis as good performing tires. In my experience I think something is changed. After driving the car, off and on, for a couple of weeks I had the Pirellis removed and replaced with Michelins. The noise and hard ride was enough to make me change. I also noticed leading edge irregular wear. Just my experience but maybe something to give you to pause and reflect.
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From the pictures it doesn't look as if you have a danger type problem. I bought a Lincoln MKX for my wife that had Pirellis with like new tread. From my old tire days I remembered Pirllis as good performing tires. In my experience I think something is changed. After driving the car, off and on, for a couple of weeks I had the Pirellis removed and replaced with Michelins. The noise and hard ride was enough to make me change. I also noticed leading edge irregular wear. Just my experience but maybe something to give you to pause and reflect.
Thank you for the information Mr. Bobby ... These are my first Pirellis. I am happy with it either. Other than the damage (which could be my fault), I see some considerable wear, I will probably switch to Bridgestone or Continental in a few months.
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Thank you for the response. Even i initially thought I probably drove over something, like bad roads or broken glass. But I don't remember doing so. But I probably might have. Could you please let me know if it's alright to drive it this way or if I need to change them?
I can't tell you what's alright to drive and what isn't, especially based only on a couple of photos. All I can say it looks superficial, but I haven't see the actual tire or the car, so...

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Those few square inches of rubber are all that keeps you and yours on the road side of the cemetery . If in doubt change to something that lets you feel safe.
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