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Temperature limits

The permissible operating temperature for thrust ball bearings can be limited by:
  • the dimensional stability of the bearing washers and balls
  • the cage
  • the seat washer(s)
  • the lubricant
When temperatures outside the permissible range are expected, contact the SKF application engineering service.

Bearing washers and balls

The washers and balls of SKF thrust ball bearings undergo a special heat treatment. Depending on their size they are heat stabilized up to:
  • 125 °C (260 °F) when d ≤ 300 mm
  • 150 °C (300 °F) when d > 300 mm

Cages

Steel and brass cages can be used at the same operating temperatures as the bearing washers and balls.

Seat washers

Seat washers are made of steel and can be used at the same operating temperatures as the bearing washers and balls.

Lubricants

Temperature limits for SKF greases are provided under SKF greases. When using lubricants not supplied by SKF, the temperature limits should be evaluated according to the SKF traffic light concept.
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