Actually, the picture is very clear. I have to be honest, I don't believe the ABS is the problem. I've played in bands all my life, so your description (the microphone) is very clear to me. I hear that sound in my head and try to imagine what would cause it. My thoughts include a possible loose starter motor (since it only happens when you first are starting it, a loose flywheel or torque converter could make a popping sound when the starter engages or disengages, or even and engine back fire through the intake.
Since none of the lights are on (check engine, ABS.) That tells me that the computer hasn't picked up on any electrical problems related to the engine such as sensors, solenoids, misfires. That leads me to believe it is something mechanical (not electricly operated). Thus, I would start by checking things that engage when starting such as the flywheel, starter. To see if anything is loose. Keep in mind, a single back fire through the intake can go unrecognized by the computer since it only happens at that one time, so we can't exclude that from a possible issue.
Next, since the ABS isn't lit, the system should be functional. If the light comes on, then it becomes a concern. The fact the computer says it may not be woring properly doesn't mean it isn't working. But, it wouldn't hurt to have the computer scanned to determine why that message is there.
Like I mentioned, start with the basics. Even check motor mounts. Open the hood and have a helper start the engine for you so you can stand back and check for anything that can lead us to the problem.
Let me know what you find.
Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 AT 9:10 PM