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Could the shift cable be causing my problem?

(1999 Ford F-250 Super Duty)
in Tulsa, OK on August 04, 2017
1999 Ford F250 Super Duty Power stroke. The shift indicator started not line up. Reverse became neutral. There were no problems, then reverse became drive. a couple of days later the transmission decided to not shift on it's own. Reverse works fine. You must go to 1st manually then shift to second as you gain speed then the same process to 3rd.
The truck runs fine, it will just not shift on it's own. Do you think its the shift cable or something else, I'm missing?
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on August 05, 2017
Another common problem is the bolts backing out of the shift tube bracket under dash allowing excessive free play in the shift lever .. Use the video link below to see how to repair:

In any case > Once the transmission linkage is accurately shifted into the drive detent - this should not cause 'automatic' shifting problems.
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on August 04, 2017
The shift linkage is likely loose at the transmission. You will need to get to where it mounts and adjust it, secure it, and perhaps use a thread-locking material on the fasteners. This is not terribly uncommon, and the lack of a secure gear selection is likely causing your transmission shifting problems also.
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