Hi kolin ... I'm really confused now ....
The ABS light should NEVER come on when your using the car even when braking in an emergency (realistically the only time the ABS should activate if the wheel looses grip and is about to lock) ... if it does there is a fault in the system.
The ABS system should not operate in normal braking.
If you have managed to activate the system then the pedal pulse/judder is totally normal ABS operation and is not a fault ... I admit it does feel a strange sensation but the ABS if activated and as long as you keep your foot hard on the pedal will stop you without locking-up and in a shorter distance than you could yourself when braking normally.
I stress the ABS should never edit - "kick-in" in normal driving circumstances ... if it does you have a fault and you should get checked professionally.
Are you maybe confused at how your ABS system operates, and what you should be experiencing ?
okay i'm not sure how abs works....
i'll run through step by step what happens on a typical start.
1)Turn ignition on.
2)System starts up lights come on, and then go off once its run through start up. no faults show.
3)Start car moving (no lights lit, however there is a slight constant faint fast ticking sound)
4)come to brake, assisted braking is not functioning, very very difficult to brake, sounds like scraping to brake. (no lights lit)
5)after half a dozen hard presses of the brake the (ABS) light and SERV light appear on the dashboard and stay on permanently, braking becomes very very easy (back to normal operation). ticking noise stops.
6)car functions normally. (ABS) SERV lights lit.
1) Driving normally speedo working.
2) Speedo drops to 0.
3) milometer stops functioning.
4) after 5 minutes or so, the 'electrics?' light lights up (the middle 3rd row light)
5)if speedo kicks back in again, electrics light goes out.