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What can i look for regarding a loose shifter cable?

(1999 Ford Ranger)
in Wichita, KS on November 11, 2011
I have a 1999 ford ranger with an automatic transmission that has a loose shifter. When i go to start it, i have to put it in neutral in order to start it, then it starts fine. Are there any connections that i can check and tighten them if necessary, or will i need to change out the shifter cable?
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I would look at the shift cable and neutral safety switch. Neutral safety switch should have continuity in Neutral and Park only.Autozone have some popular workshop manuals for free on line once you register (for free) on their website http://bit.ly/autozone_repair_info. There is a company that independent auto repair shops get their information from, this same information is available inexpensively for people that work on their own cars.. The information is year make and model specific, covering repair procedures, torque specifications, fluid capacities and specifications, service bulletins, component locations, wiring diagrams ect.... Alldata is very easy to navigate http://bit.ly/AllData_Repair_Manuals_Online
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