As a safety precaution, when boat is in storage, remove positive (+) battery cable. This will eliminate possibility of accidental starting of engine and resultant overheating and damage to engine from lack of water. In preparing an outboard for out-of-season storage, 2 precautions must be considered: 1) The engine must be protected from physical damage and 2) the engine must be protected from rust, corrosion and dirt. 1. Remove cowling from engine. 2. Place outboard in water or install Flushing Attachment over water intake . 3. Start engine and allow to warm up. Disconnect fuel line. When engine starts to stall quickly spray Fogging oil into each carburetor throat. Continue to spray until engine dies from lack of fuel. 4. Remove spark plugs and inject a 5 second spray of fogging oil around the inside of each cylinder. Manually turn engine over several times to distribute Storage Seal throughout cylinders. Reinstall spark plugs. 5. If engine fuel filter appears to be contaminated, remove and replace. 6. Drain and refill lower unit Lube. 7. Clean outboard thoroughly, including all accessible powerhead parts, and spray with Corrosion and Rust Preventive and lubricate all lubrication points. 9. Remove propeller. Apply Anti-Corrosion Grease or 2-4-C w/Teflon to propeller shaft and reinstall propeller. 10. If the water pickup is clogged, the speedometer will be inoperative. Clean the pickup with a piece of wire or blow out with compressed air. Before blowing out with air, disconnect the tubing from the speedometer. 11. To prevent freeze damage, drain the speedometer system of water completely before storage. Remove tubing from speedometer fitting and blow thru the tubing to remove water. IMPORTANT: When storing outboard for the winter, be sure that all water drain holes in gear housing are open and free so that all water will drain out. If a speedometer is installed in the boat, disconnect the pickup tube and allow it to drain. Reconnect the tube after draining. Trapped water may freeze and expand, thus cracking gear housing and/or water pump housing. Check and refill gear housing with Gear Lube before storage to protect against possible water leakage into gear housing which is caused by loose lubricant vent plug or loose grease fill plug. Inspect gaskets under lubricant vent and fill plugs, replacing any damaged gaskets, before reinstalling plugs. If yopu guys want a article on the proper way to store the batteries then let me know and I'll put one up for yea.