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Under Pressure… Saab 1.9 TTiD

Saab TTiD

Fiat Powertrain Technologies presented two stage turbo (twin turbo) version of JTD 1.9 engine in summer 2007, engine was available with two power levels, first one is producing 180 PS (131 kW; 180 hp ) and second one 190 PS (140 kW; 190 hp). This 180 hp engine was built in Saab and Cadillac BLS, while this 190 hp version was only intended for the Lancia Delta.

Like all other engines, also this engine has a somewhat weak side, and with this engine it is O-Ring placed where the oil suction pipe goes into the engine. A similar (actually the same) problem, with similar engines have vehicles: Saab 9-5NG and Alfa Romeo (JTDm).

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The ‘Oil Pressure Low Make A Safe Stop message or the oil pressure warning light flickering momentarily on start up is becoming commonplace on Saab TTiD engines (Z19DTR, A19DTR) as mileage increases. The seal has gone really hard and shrunk causing the oil to drain down into the sump overnight that gives the situation where on the first start of the day the oil light flickers and the sid tells you that the oil pressure is low contact service.

Old seal before removal
Old seal before removal

The usual culprit is the O-Ring / Seal that sits between the sump strainer and the oil pump. Over time the O-Ring goes hard and fails to make a seal for a second or so when the engine is started. Parts are readily available from Orio and remember prolonged low oil pressure will ultimately cause engine damage(!). So if you see the message or the light get it checked out by your nearest Saab Service Centre.

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New seal fitted on Oil pump
New seal fitted on Oil pump
Goran Aničić
the authorGoran Aničić
For over 10 years, Goran Aničić has been passionately focused on Saab automobiles and everything related to them. His initial encounter with Saab cars took place back in 2003 when the first Saab 9-3 and sedan version were introduced. At that moment, he was captivated by the car's Scandinavian design logic and top-notch engineering, and everything that followed stemmed from that first encounter. Later on, through his work at the editorial team of the Serbian automotive magazines "Autostart" and later "AutoBild," he had the opportunity to engage more closely with Saab vehicles. In 2008, he tested the latest Saab cars of that time, such as the Saab 9-3 TTiD Aero and Saab 9-3 Turbo X. In 2010, as the sole blogger from the region, he participated in the Saab 9-5ng presentation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Alongside journalists from around the world, he got a firsthand experience of the pinnacle of technological offerings from Saab at that time. Currently, Goran owns two Saabs: a 2008 Saab 9-3 Vector Sportcombi with a manual transmission, and a Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Sport Sedan from the last generation, which rolled off the production line in Trollhättan in December 2011.


  • I wouldn’t worry about this issue.
    My ttid has had this message on cold starts since 2014 since I bought it.
    It is now 2019 and I’ve covered 170k miles and still going fine.


    • Hi Mike,
      I also bought TTiD 2014 – this message appeared at a cold start (more precisely for about a year), but my service technician’s recommendation is to replace it. If it does not change, at the critical moment the loss of pressure and the engine will screw up… The O-Ring costs only €20, requires a bit more manual work – but it’s worth it

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