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It could be the rubber in the motor mounts. Each end might be tight, but the joint in the middle is like links in a chain, with rubber in between. If the rubber is worn, the "links" (the engine and chassis sides of the motor mounts) knock together and make noise. If there is a mount that is wet with oil, it could be deteriorated to the point that it is knocking.

The next most likely culprit would be the anti-sway bar bushings. Check them, too.

As long as it's not ball joints or tie rod ends, you don't have to worry about a catastrophic failure. If a motor mount fails, it just means there is more movement of the engine under load and less isolation between the motor and chassis. If the sway bar bushings are bad, you will get more body roll in curves. Eventually it will get bad enough that the cause will be obvious.
 
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