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Transmission issue with 87 300TD

Hi everyone,
I've owned a 87 300TD for 2 years and until recently never had a transmission problem. I drove it in April from SF to LA twice and started to experience some shifting issues (3rd to 4th) on the hway, which were resolved by simply slowing down or stopping. I took it recently took it for another long trip and had more problems: tranny downshifting or not going from 3rd to 4th.
When I got home I got it diagnosed and we concluded it needed a rebuild.
Today, just 1 day after getting out of the shop with full tranny rebuild, issues resumed: tranny would not get out of 2nd gear for 1 hour, then started to behave normally again after a 1/2hr stop.
I have found several articles mentioning the kickdown switch and the kickdown cable. Is this the most probable ciulprit or should I check elsewhere first?
Thanks in advance.

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