1999 dodge dakota r/t : transmission sometimes goes into gear sometimes not. help me?

column shifter doesn't line up w/ indicator; 1-2 shift is harsh (was told thats b/c its shifting into 3, 2nd isn't there, 2nd band fell out? pan wasn't pulled so i don't know for sure) now it just doesn't go into any gear unless i move shifter into all gears on the indicator but i don't feel... show more column shifter doesn't line up w/ indicator; 1-2 shift is harsh (was told thats b/c its shifting into 3, 2nd isn't there, 2nd band fell out? pan wasn't pulled so i don't know for sure) now it just doesn't go into any gear unless i move shifter into all gears on the indicator but i don't feel a gear change sometimes intial gear change is delayed. is it the shift cable? or is it a rebuild?
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