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We have just over 20K miles on our '18, most of which has been short commutes in the Los Angeles area. A few trails but nothing crazy and the weather here is not extreme. Not too hot, not too cold, it's the Goldilocks zone, between 50F and 75F almost every day of the year. The car is also parked in an underground garage, so no direct sun most of the time.

I just noticed the front tires when I parked and the wheels were at full lock. This seems pretty bad for only four year old tires with only 20K miles. We have a long roadtrip to Napa and Sonoma coming up and I'm wondering if I need to get new tires before then...

Thoughts? It doesn't look like typical alignment issue wear but I guess it could be.

Outside of front tires (both sides the same):

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Inside of front tires (both sides the same):

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What's your inflation? If worn on the outside edges air up.
Are you doing a proper crossing rotation?
I checked that, and it was what it says on the driver door pillar. Servicing with oil changes and rotation has been more frequent than the mileage recommendation due to the pandemic.
 

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But are they doing the crossing rotation?
Also, I air my tires up a couple lbs above the pillar. I just got 62k out of a set of Michelin LTXs that weren't even down to the wear bars.
 

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Yea.they don't look good for that mileage. Might be worth checking the alignment. And I am not a fan of alignments.
 

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But are they doing the crossing rotation?
Also, I air my tires up a couple lbs above the pillar. I just got 62k out of a set of Michelin LTXs that weren't even down to the wear bars.
The cross rotation is critical and getting a dealer to do it is like pulling teeth. I have a Jeep dealer I trust 100% on every single thing I have done to it except tire rotation. I tried three times to get them to cross rotate and every single time it was front-rear, same side. When I do my own my tires last far longer and don't get wonky shoulders. RR->RF->LR->LF->RR

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If only 2 are worn you would think they were not rotated. Mark your tires so you know for sure if someone else is doing the work.
Tires are cheap insurance and peace of mind. Nothing feels better than a good alignment, wheel balence on a new set of tires.
 

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Anyone know if any of this is covered by the Gold extended warranty? Probably worth asking, as it's only ever been for service at the Subaru dealer, due to the pandemic and multiple recalls. Otherwise, I'll take it to the tire guy I've been using for 20 years.
 

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Not really liking the looks of those...
 

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Looks like dry rot. Tires wear out from age as well as from use.

Which 4 years is a short time for that. But it is a very dry climate. And there's something about the looks of those tires that just screams that they are off.
 

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Definitely not an expert here, but yeah ... the look of the outer rims of the tires definitely suggests age-related decay. But the inner surfaces look like there's an alignment issue of some sort. Definitely something going on, though.

No symptoms at all while driving?

If you've got a tire guy that you know and trust, maybe the thing to do is drive over there and see if he can give you a diagnosis. If there's something other than normal tire wear happening, it obviously would be good to investigate that before heading out on a roadtrip.
 

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Yeah, seems off to me too, with a car that's only four years old and only 20K miles. No symptoms such as pulling to one side or the other.

I'll start with the trusted tire guy then see what Subaru has to say...
 

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I'm wondering how old the tires were when they were installed on our '18... I haven't been able to decipher the codes yet.
 

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Yeah, I saw that article. I'll try tomorrow when there's more light and it's not so freezing (it's down to 56F)...
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Yeah, I saw that article. I'll try tomorrow when there's more light and it's not so freezing (it's down to 56F)...
LOL, 56*F, get your down jacket and wool blankets out.
Currently two inches of fresh snow and 19*F here; heading to 10*F by morning, brrrr.
 
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