Sidwall tear - possible brake pad issue or other?
I own a 2005 Trek 1000 all OEM parts. I am the second owner. Since I started riding in May, I have had 2 small sidwall tears on the front tire, left side just above the tire bead. I researched some old threads, like this one [1 Month old tire and there's a tear on the sidewall
that seem to describe the situation, but not exactly. My tears are about the size of a grain of rice (6-8mm), not the length that the pictures in the post exhibit.
During my last ride, I got a flat, no big deal. I was prepared with proper equipment. The puncture was on the rim side of the tube, centered. I patched it and upon inflating got another flat which is when I noticed the sidewall tear. I used a tire boot to get home.
Upon evaluation of my front brake pads, I have noticed that the right brake caliper's contact point with the rim is perfect. However, the left side, where the tears occur, seems to make contact on the rim, but may touch the tire slightly as well, it is tough to tell. I have looked for ways to adjust this, but I just can't find what I am looking for.
Does this sound like a possible brake pad issue or could it be the tire's construction itself? I had purchased a new tire a month ago (Seca Serfas for $20). Could it be from the tire lever while repairing the flat?
Any help would be appreciated.