Transmission Fluid for Older GM & Ford Automatic Transmissions

Kendall® Classic ATF is a high-quality transmission fluid recommended for use in all domestic and import vehicles no longer under warranty where the OEM previously specified a GM DEXRON®-III H or Ford MERCON® fluid.


Features & Benefits

  • Proper frictional properties for smooth shifting and excellent anti-shudder performance
  • Excellent thermal stability and oxidation resistance for long fluid life
  • Excellent low-temperature properties
  • Protects against wear
  • Minimizes sludge and varnish deposits
  • Protects against rust and corrosion
  • Good seal compatibility
  • Suitable for both automotive and industrial applications


  • GM and Ford automatic transmissions in 2005 and earlier model-year vehicles that are no longer under warranty, where the OEM previously specified DEXRON®-III H, DEXRON®-II, DEXRON® or MERCON® ATF
  • Import vehicles where DEXRON-III H(1), or an earlier-generation DEXRON® Fluid(1), is specified
  • Allison heavy-duty off-highway automatic transmissions that require a C-4 quality fluid
  • Hydraulic systems on industrial and mobile equipment operating over a wide temperature range

    (1)Obsolete service category.

    Note: Classic ATF is not recommended for use in newer automatic transmissions that require a GM DEXRON®-VI, Ford MERCON®LV, Ford MERCON®SP or Ford MERCON®V fluid for warranty coverage, or in continuously variable transmissions (CVTs).

Technical Details

  • Density, lbs/gal @ 60°F : 7.18
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    Additional Details

    Density, lbs/gal @ 60°F 7.18
    Color, ASTM D1500 Red
    Flash Point (COC), °C (°F) 102 (216)
    Flash Point (PMCC), °C (°F) 81 (178)
    Pour Point, °C (°F) -38 (-36)
    Viscosity, Brookfield, cP @ -25°C 4310
    Viscosity, Kinematic
    cSt @ 40°C 30.9
    cSt @ 100°C 5.6
    Sulfated Ash, ASTM D874, wt % <0.001