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What is the voltage suppose to be on the engine

What is the voltage suppose to read when a tester is put on the battery? Also, when starting my car i am getting a drag and when it starts there is a second that sound like rattlers under engine.

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Engine running anything up to 15volts depending on the state of charge of the battery,the noise could be the hydraulic valve tappets ,to cure this change the oil every 6000 miles and use a detergent diesel oil for a turbo diesel

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