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Directions for replacing the cable are shown below.
Hints for the replacement, the ends are held on via ball and socket you can pry them off with 2 screwdrivers or a pair of needle nose pliers. if you have problems adjusting the linkage let me know so I can assist. I will need to know which transmission you have.
I do not believe you can repair this with something to cover the area and hold it tight enough but still allow for easy movement.
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This is going to be a pretty easy job. I would say the most difficult part which is actually simple is getting the rubber boot correctly sealed in the floor, it takes effort from above and below going back and forth a couple times.
No wild and crazy special tools at all needed.
You should not need to drop the steering column, you should be able to lay upside down in the floor board to get it disconnected.
I can do this with one small flat blade screwdriver and one pair of needle nose in about 15 minutes if no adjustment is needed.
Do you know which transmission you have 4R70 or 4R100?
Without knowing the trans model, the F150, Expedition, Navigator 97-03 should work, but I need to verify that first.
Longer is okay as long as we are only talking about 1-4 inches. Make sure the ends that hold the sheath to the vehicle are the same connection style.
You look to have the 4R70 transmission which is a more square pan with the 2 rear corners of the angled off.
This is the part number you need, plus the price.
Based on the part number I only show the 97-98 and early 99 F150 and F250 light duty w/ 4r70 trans and Expedition compatible.
See the adjustment steps below. I will be offline after this till tomorrow.