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Q: Why is my shifter moving so freely and car not in the gear it says its in? on 2000 Ford Taurus

I backed out of the driveway today and when I put he car in drive the shift easily move from reverse to drive but when in drive the car would not move I had to put it in 2nd but when I drve it it was actually in drive even though the shiter said it was in 2nd. I drove it for about an hour or so and now to get it to kick into reverse I have to put the shifter down into 1st then back up into reverse to get it to kick in and then put it back into 1st to go but actually it is in drive even though the shifter says its in 1st.

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there is a cable that runs from under the dash or console and goes to the trans. it has either broke or one of the holder clips has come off.

Thank you! So what is the easiest way to go about getting to it to check it?
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