Axial deep groove ball bearings comprise shaft locating washers, housing locating washers and ball and cage assemblies. The bearings are not self-retaining; the ball and cage assembly and bearing washers can therefore be fitted independently of each other. In addition to series with flat washers, there are also series with spherical housing locating washers for compensation of static misalignment. These designs are normally used in comjunction with support washers. Axial deep groove ball bearings are available in single and double direction designs. Both designs can support high axial forces but must not be subjected to radial loads.