Thrust ball bearings consist of two precision chrome steel washers (rings) and a ball complement spaced by a bronze retainer. Because the bearings can be separated, the mounting is simple. The washers and ball as well as the cage assembly can be mounted separately.
Single-direction thrust ball bearings can accommodate axial loads in one direction, thus locate a shaft axially in one direction. These must not be subject to any radial load. Double-direction thrust ball bearings can accommodate axial loads acting in both directions and can serve to axially locate a shaft in both directions.
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