Yes, common issue on Ford trucks is a loose column shifter causing problems, model doesn't matter, Ranger, Explorer, F150, F250, etc........they all use same shifter and so have the same problem.
Google: ford column shifter loose
Or: ford ranger shifter linkage
Lots of videos to watch to see where to tighten it up.
Also check the shift cable where it comes out of the firewall and turns back to the transmission, it can split there, so cable length is shortened