This is from the Haynes Manual for years 1996-2005
MODELS WITH COLUMN SHIFT:
Shift Cable Removal
---Remove the screws and lift off the upper steering column shroud. Disconnect the cruise control actuator cable if equipped. On 2000 and later models, remove the trim panel below the steering column, rather than the upper shroud.
---Locate the ignition lock cylinder release pin access hole on the bottom of the lower steering column shroud. Insert an awl into the hole, push in on the pin to release it, turn the lock cylinder to the Run position, then remove the ignition lock cylinder from the steering column.
---Remove the lower steering column shroud and the knee bolster from the instrument panel.
---Rotate the shift indicator adjustment wheel clockwise to disengage the indicator cable end from the column lever. Pull the cable far enough through the adjuster so the assembly can hang clear of the steering column.
---Refer to the instrument panel removal procedure in Chapter 3 and remove the steering column, disconnecting the shift cable from the ball stud on the shift lever. On 2000 and later models, it isn't necessary to remove the instrument panel or steering column...there is access from the left side of the column to pry the cable off the ball stud.
---Attach a length of wire, longer than the shift cable, to the steering column end of the shift cable.
---Remove the nut and disconnect the shift cable from the control lever and bracket on the transaxle.
---Push the rubber shift cable grommet free from the firewall, then slowly pull the cable through the firewall from the engine compartment. Make sure the length of wire does not pull through the firewall.
---On 1996 through 1999 models, remove the nut and bolts securing the cable bracket to the transaxle and remove the bracket assembly. On 2000 and later models, pull up the lock-tab at the shift cable bracket on the transaxle, then pull the cable from the bracket.
Shift Cable Installation & Adjustment
---Disconnect the wire from the old shift cable and attach it to the new one. Then, attach the cable bracket to the transaxle and gently pull the wire to draw the new cable through the firewall.
---Complete the installation by connecting the cable, reattaching the steering column tube, fitting the indicator adjustment wheel, and attaching the shrouds.
---Set the parking brake securely and block the wheels.
---Place the driver's gear selector lever in Drive (models equipped with an Overdrive On/Off button on the shift lever) or OD
(models not so equipped). Have an assistant hold it firmly in position.
---Loosen the cable nut at the transaxle control lever and place the control lever in the second detent from the rear position. (The "rear" position is actually when the end of the lever is moved as far to the left (driver's) side of the vehicle as it will go).
---Tighten the cable nut and check the transaxle operation in each gear selector position.[/b]