Hey sorry for the long question i have a 1996 dodge dakota 2wd automatic transmission and i have a…

Hey sorry for the long question i have a 1996 dodge dakota 2wd automatic transmission and i have a couple of questions. Somtimes when i turn the key it wont do anything. I've changed the battery but it still hasnt fixed the problem. To start the truck i have to use a wire and put one side of the wire into the positive connection of the plug shown in the pictures attached. Once i put the wire in the positive connection i turn the key all the way and then put the other side of the wire into the negative connection of the plug and then the truck will start. Any ideas of why it does this and how i can fix it?

Anyone know why it does this?

Has the ignition switch been tested? Have you tried starting it in Neutral?

I cant put it neutral while its off, i gotta start the truck to change gears. As long as i got the wire with me i can start the truck, but i dont wanna have to keep doing that

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