Front end pull, tires too wide?
I have a 2007 pontiac g6, 3.5l v6 sedan. Stock rims, 77k miles, still on factory shocks/struts. Brand new tires (4k miles on them), they are Goodyear Eagle Gt All season, 225/50z/r17 94w
Heres the problem I am having. I went to local Pontiac dealer to get new tires, i asked them recommendation for best tires for my budget, I paid $650 for all 4 tires, pontiac dealer swore by these tires saying how good they were and all.
Ive had these tires for about week 1/2 before I got into an accident causing front end damage. I hit something with front driver side, my left front wheel was pushed back about 2 inches causing the tire to rub on sidewall.. I had to get the control arm and tie rod replaced cause it was bent, also needed a new alignment, needed a new hood, headlight and quarter panel. Now, before the accident i didnt feel any issues with the tires, than again it was only a week 1/2 with them. Ever since the accident my car doesnt feel right. After I got my car back the car didnt wanna drive straight, I would let go of the wheel and the car went to the right pretty hard, like the alignment was still off. The car is HORRIBLE in the rain, every single little puddle the car hydro planes really bad, compared to before the accident/old tires. Every bump in the road it pulls the wheel really hard and its like the bump overtakes the car, again before accident/new tires it was just a normal bump. And also, im not confident in the car at all anymore in corners, it doesnt feel like it wants to hug the road anymore, the steering wheel itself when turning just feels like theirs play in it, its not stiff feeling anymore.
So I took it back to the bodyshop (they did the body work, alignment and fixed the control arm etc), i told them my problems and asked them to re align it and also check out the front end for any other damage. They looked it over, re aligned it to specs and told me they couldnt find anything wrong with the front end, and said it was my tires. They told me the tires I have on there are a little to wide for my rim. Wide tires in general make it hard to get a 100% perfect alignment, and also they cause front end pull on standard cars, like if you hit bumps or grooves in the road, and in rain hitting puddles the car tends to go all over the road.
Anyone have some feedback on this? Should I go to pontiac dealer and explain my issue? because if it is the tires, these arent tires i hand picked, I asked them for advice on a good well rated tire for my money. I didnt want the cheapest tire, but I didnt want most expensive.