Well thanks a million guys for your ideas, and Senor Don for the excelent writeup on removal/replace the timing chain tensioner. Alas, I was able to 'snug' the 27mm hex 'spacer' and the major drip was stopped cold. After I accomplished the stop-leak, I read your post. Replacement of washer might be in my future, but at least for now I won't be adding a quart other week and apologizing to everyone for my Saab's incontinence.
Your procedure is spot on, Senor Don. I was able to get an oversize socket on the hex spacer, thus giving an angle of deflection on the ratchet and extension that *didn't require removal of serpentine belt, alternator, alt bracket*, etc. There was enough room (barely) to slip through the alternator mounting bracket a 1-1/16 inch (gasp!) hex socket. The oversize enables a bit of an angle to clear the bracket. Then I plugged on a 1/2 drive extension 4 inches long, and a ratchet or breaker bar for the twist.
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