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Replace the cap and center element in the cap. Also, you'll want to check the wiring from the coil to the distributor. Chase it back as: Cap and rotor, wire to the coil, timing unit which ignites the coil from the ECU control point. There could even be an issue with the wiring from the flywheel sensor which sends a signal to ignite the coil.
Being an 89, you should get a check engine light if the sensor on the crank is not receiving a signal. Anything coil-distrubutor-spark plugs should not send a specific code.
Hope this helps

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