OBD1 live monitoring by commodity computer?

Tiny
ROBFWD
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  • 1992 LINCOLN TOWN CAR
  • 4.6L
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 90,000 MILES
I have several OBD1 Ford cars. [I also have an OBD1 GM car and for it an ADLC serial port adapter that can monitor sensor values, very useful for tuning TPS and setting RPM.

Is there any equivalent way of connecting a Ford OBD1 port to a commodity computer or smart phone app to monitor things and interpret any trouble codes?

My car listed above flashes an airbag light. It also seems to have these OBD1 ports at multiple locations including within the trunk and on each fender wall.

My favorite mechanic's old favorite Snap-On tool used to be able to read things from the driver fender wall, but he might not have had the firmware modules for reading anything from the other connectors.

I'd like to know more about these connector ports and what is possible to achieve.
Thursday, April 18th, 2024 AT 5:54 PM

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Tiny
STEVE W.
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Find one of the old Snap-On MT2500 "bricks" with the correct modules and you can do a lot on OBD1 vehicles compared to just flashing the light. Or one of the Genisys scan tools that has all the connectors. Those are usable on many makes and models from early OBD1 up to 2012 if you get one that is updated.
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Thursday, April 18th, 2024 AT 9:25 PM

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